Palm Beach Gardens [K-8] Campus - International Baccalaureate
International Baccalaureate Mission Statement
"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."
Franklin Academy's Palm Beach Gardens campus is an International Baccalaureate World School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme (MYP). We share a common philosophy—a commitment to improving the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.
The PYP is a curriculum framework that is offered to all of our students from kindergarten to 5th grade. We offer a rigorous conceptually based curriculum with a transdisciplinary approach. The PYP allows students to use their talents and gifts and recognize their strengths and weaknesses in order to learn in a way that will make them successful in their long-term education. The PYP prioritizes the whole child, working on both character development and their academic progress. Using the Learner Profile, students work collaboratively to learn and contribute to our school, local and global community. "Guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, students broaden their learning by developing their conceptual understandings, strengthening their knowledge and skills across, between and beyond subject areas." (www.ibo.org)
Franklin Academy Palm Beach Gardens is a Candidate School* for the Middle Years Programme (MYP),. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education that Franklin Academy believes is important for our students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, click here to visit ibo.org
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) comprises eight subject groups:
- Language Acquisition
- Language & Literature
- Individuals & Societies
- Physical & Health Education
- Each year, students in the MYP also engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups. MYP students also complete a long-term project, where they decide what they want to learn about, identify what they already know, discover what they will need to know to complete the project and create a proposal or criteria for completing it. Scholars undertake the Community Project over the course of their final year at Franklin.
Approach to Teaching & Learning
- The MYP aims to help students develop their personal understanding, their emerging sense of self, and responsibility in their community. Teaching and learning in the MYP are underpinned by the following concepts:
Teaching and learning in context
Students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world that they have experienced. Using global contexts, MYP students develop an understanding of their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet through developmentally appropriate explorations of:
- identities and relationships
- personal and cultural expression
- orientations in space and time
- scientific and technical innovation
- fairness and development
- globalization and sustainability
Concepts are big ideas that have relevance within specific disciplines and across subject areas. MYP students use concepts as a vehicle to inquire into issues and ideas of personal, local, and global significance and examine knowledge holistically. The MYP prescribes sixteen key interdisciplinary concepts along with related concepts for each discipline.
Approaches to learning
A unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, approaches to learning (ATL) provide the foundation for independent learning and encourage the application of their knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Developing and applying these social, thinking, research, communication, and self-management skills helps students learn how to learn.
Service as action, through community service
Action and service have always been shared values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference in the lives of others and to the environment. Service as action is an integral part of the programme, especially in the MYP Community project. (Source)
*Only schools authorized by the IB organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) or The Diploma Programme (and in addition, the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit IB's website at www.ibo.org.
IB Parent Academy Presentations (August 2022)
The attribute of the Month-DECEMBER
Students who are Communicators express their ideas by speaking, drawing, and writing. They communicate through music, dance, and drama. Language is key to expressing themselves and they can communicate in more than one language. Being a good listener is an important part of communicating with others too.