St Luke School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for both the Primary Years Program and the Middle Years Program! The Primary Years Program was authorized in February of 2021 and the Middle Years Program was authorized as of November 2020.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve 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.**
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programs: the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP), the Diploma Program or the Career-related Program (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
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**Mission Statement from the IB
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.
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PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME
EARLY CHILDHOOD Preschool 3/4 – GRADE 5
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) offered at over 900 authorized schools worldwide, is a guided inquiry-based teaching method that centers on student questions. Rather than working through a standard lesson and learning facts, students study a central idea by creating and exploring their own questions.
“My favorite part is the students’ questions,” says TIS (The International School) Japanese Kindergarten teacher Hideko Forzely. “Before the IB, the students would ask some questions, and I would usually tell them the answers. But now, I give them tools to do the research and we all learn together.”
Through this concept-driven process, students gain deep content understanding while learning the skills to acquire, organize, and communicate knowledge. It is those skills that enable children to become independent learners, capable of pursuing knowledge beyond the classroom and throughout life.
MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME
The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers.
The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders. It builds upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and prepares students to meet the academic challenges of their programming after Saint Luke and in the workforce.
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