“I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.”
― Stanley Kubrick
Three Great Programmes
The International Baccalaureate Organization offers three programmes of study to meet the needs of the students as they progress through their education: The Primary Years Programme (ELC to grade 5/6), the Middle Years Programme (grade 6/7 to grade 10) and the Diploma Programme (Grades 11 & 12). LISA-JUNIOR currently offers the Primary Years Programme. The programme is designed to educate the whole child and focus on making learning more meaningful by placing it in a real world context. The IBO also offers professional development for teachers and administrators based on the latest educational research. Teachers at LISA-JUNIOR are not only trained on the basics of the programme, but also attend subject specific trainings and workshops as well. There are currently over 900,000 IB students in over 140 countries, across 4,069 schools. In Austria there are 11 IB schools, but only 3 of them offer the PYP. LISA-JUNIOR is the only PYP school in Upper Austria.
What is so special about the IB programmes?
- IB programmes are recognized around the world and ensure an increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.
- the curriculum and pedagogy of IB programmes focus on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting the students fully explore their home culture and language.
- IB World Schools must undergo an exhaustive authorization process in order to offer one or more of the programmes, which includes a study of the school’s resources and commitment to the IB mission and philosophy.
- IB teachers participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.
- Many students graduating form the Diploma Programme find that it enhances their opportunities at tertiary institutions. The IB works closely with universities around the world to gain recognition for IB programmes.
- The core components of IB programmes encourage students to participate in creative and service-orientated activities, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level
The Mission Statement of the IBO
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
Information for this website was taken from the International Baccalaureate Organization’s website at www.ibo.org