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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."

International Baccalaureate*

Franklin Academy's Palm Beach Gardens campus is an International Baccalaureate World School for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and 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.

What is International Baccalaureate?

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Learner Profile Activities for Parents

Programme of Inquiry 2022-2023

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." (

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) comprises eight subject groups:

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  • 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

Conceptual understanding

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