The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers four high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. There are more than 1.2 milion students at 3,882 schools in 148 countries across the globe .
XV. gimnazija has been a member school – IB World School since 1991.
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
IB programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
IB mission statement
The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
XV. gimnazija mission statement
Our school aims to develop knowledgeable, principled and open-minded young people who will help create a better world, showing compassion and understanding for all the people in the world.
Our curriculum encourages students to become independent and critical thinkers, more inquisitive, risk-taking young people who will have to make responsible and educated choices and will apply the skills and knowledge they have learned in our school in their future lives.
Furthermore, we try to provide our students with opportunities that will enable them to develop and challenge their own personal values fostering open and effective communication.
Since we believe learning is a process, we hope all our students will become lifelong learners with a capacity for compassion and empathy, as well as strong international-mindedness.
In an environment lead by high quality educators through nurturing talents and multicultural projects we strive to educate young people to become knowledgeable, socially and ecologically aware lifelong learners.
Thus W.Butler Yeats words “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lightening of a fire” is becoming the school s driving force.
IB Learner Profile
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
IB learners strive to be:
They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME
From its beginning, the MYP has been guided by three fundamental concepts that are rooted in the IB mission statement- holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication. (find more about this in our Handbook or www.ibo.org )
Although the MYP is a 5-year programme, our school offers only the last 2 years of the programme- MYP4 and MYP5.
The curriculum model
The student, also known as IB learner, whose development is the focus of the MYP, naturally appears at the centre of the curriculum model.
The subject groups
The Middle Years curriculum model includes eight subject groups displayed on the exterior angles of the drawing. As with the whole design, the emphasis is on the fluidity of the system and the interrelationship of the subjectsone with another. ( find more in our Handbook)
ASSESSMENT IN MYP
Each subject group is provided with official IB Assessment criteria, depending on the nature of each subject. Subject teachers adapt the criteria according to a specific task. However at the end of term and school year the IB criteria are applied and students are provided with a subject report for each subject as well as a summative subject report card for all subjects .
The following are the grades that all MYP students receive on documents.
1. excellent ( 7 )
2. very good ( 6 )
3. good ( 5 )
4. satisfactory ( 4 )
5. mediocre ( 3 )
6. poor ( 2 )
7. very poor ( 1 )
More information about all of the above mentioned topics and more can be found in the MYP handbook for this school year.