The fundamental aim of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes (pre-school education, primary education, secondary education, and baccalaureate) is to shape internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help create a better and more peaceful world.
IB student profile
As members of the IB learning community, we strive to be:
We nurture our natural curiosity. We acquire the skills necessary to investigate and research and to demonstrate our ability to learn independently. We enjoy learning and will sustain this eagerness to learn throughout the rest of our lives.
We understand and appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the perspectives, values, and traditions of other people and communities. We are used to seeking and evaluating different points of view, and we are willing to learn from experience.
We explore concepts, ideas, and issues that have local and global significance and, in doing so, we acquire knowledge and deepen our knowledge of a wide and balanced range of disciplines.
We show empathy, compassion, and respect for the needs and feelings of others. We are personally committed to helping others and we act with the purpose of making a positive difference in other people’s lives and in the world around us.
We use our critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and address complex problems and to make reasoned and ethical decisions, on our own initiative.
We approach unfamiliar and uncertain situations with wisdom and determination and our independent spirit enables us to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies. We eloquently and courageously stand up for what we believe in.
We understand the importance of physical, mental, and emotional balance in achieving our own personal well-being and that of others.
We understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in various languages and in many ways. We are more than willing to collaborate with others, and we do so effectively.
We carefully evaluate our own learning and experiences. We are able to recognise and understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to contribute to our learning and personal development.
We act with integrity and honesty, possessing a strong sense of fairness, justice, and respect for the dignity of individuals, groups, and communities. We take responsibility for our own actions and their consequences.
The same five skill categories apply across all IB programmes, and are critical to supporting the IB’s mission statement with regard to encouraging students to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners:
• Thinking skills, including critical thinking, creative thinking, and ethical thinking.
• Research skills, including skills such as comparing, contrasting, validating, and prioritising information.
• Communication skills, including skills such as oral and written communication, effective listening, and formulating arguments.
• Social skills, including the ability to form and maintain positive relationships, and listening and conflict resolution skills.
• Self-management skills, including organisational skills, such as time and task management, and affective skills, such as state-of-mind management and motivation.