IB International Baccalaureate

We are pleased to announce that Belding is officially a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) for 6-8th grade students. The MYP – a rigorous academic curriculum with an emphasis on the importance of global citizenship – empowers students to question issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. Belding is making tremendous progress, and this new investment will ensure your school’s continued success by expanding access to proven academic programming.

The strong academic foundation that students will receive at Belding will prepare them for success in high school, college, career and life. Students will be able to continue their MYP studies and pursue the IB Diploma Programme at Schurz High School, Belding’s partner IB high school. Having the opportunity to participate in IB’s consistent educational philosophy will be highly beneficial to Belding’s students, as both programs are designed to help students grow personally and academically.

Research has shown that students in IB Programmes are more likely to attend and complete college, and CPS will continue to invest in proven models that drive student achievement. CPS has the largest IB network of any school district in the nation and remains committed to building out a complete IB continuum that challenges students to excel in their studies and in their personal growth.

This is an exciting time for the Belding community, and I hope this additional investment in your children’s education will help them become the great thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. Belding has made incredible progress, and I look forward to seeing your school community flourish in the years to come.

Sincerely,
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer Chicago Public Schools

 

What is an IB education? 

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) has sustained a reputation for high quality education for over 35 years. IB programs focus on international-mindedness and on promoting a positive attitude towards learning. Collectively, they represent the best curricula from around the world, including best practices. IB Programs are now in over 3000 schools in 145 countries.

The IB program is unique because of its academic and personal rigor.  The IB challenges students to excel both in their studies and in their personal growth. The IB strives to develop well-rounded students with positive character qualities, and who respond to challenges with optimism, an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity, and are prepared to apply what they learn to the real-world on a global scale.

 

What does IB look like at Belding?

 Beginning this year, Belding has launched the groundwork for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) for 6-8th grade students. The emphasis is placed on the importance of global citizenship, and empowers students to question issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally.

This strong academic foundation, rooted in IB, will prepare Belding’s students for success in high school, college, career and life. Students will be able to continue their MYP studies at a CPS high school with an IB Programme. Having the opportunity to participate in IB’s consistent educational philosophy will be highly beneficial to Belding’s students, as both programs are designed to help students grow personally and academically.

Learn more about the International Baccalaureate Program (click here)

IB 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.

Belding Mission Statement:  Joyful, inquisitive learners who care for and contribute to our world.

 

The 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.

The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

 

As IB learners at Belding, We strive to be:

Inquirers We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Knowledgeable We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open-minded We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk-takers We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

 

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