International Baccalaureate Programmes

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    We offer the International Baccalaureate Programme at Willard Elementary School and Blair Middle and High School.

    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. To this end the organization 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.

    Benefits for students

    Students at International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools are given a unique education.

    They will:

    • be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
    • take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
    • become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
    • be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.


    Why the IB is different

    International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

    We strive to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.

    The IB's programmes are different from other curricula because they:

    • encourages students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
    • develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
    • encourages students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
    • develop multilingual students.

    IB programmes incorporate quality practice from national and international research and the IB global community. They encourage students to be internationally-minded, within a complex and hyper-connected world. 

    Students learn how to learn

    Throughout all PUSD IB programmes, students develop approaches to learning skills and the attributes of the IB learner profile.

    Students are able to take responsibility for their own learning and understand how knowledge itself is constructed. They are encouraged to try different approaches to learning and to take responsibility for their own educational progress.

    Our programmes help IB students:

    • ask challenging questions
    • think critically
    • develop research skills proven to help them in higher education.

    IB programmes also encourage students to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond academic study.