International Baccalaureate

IB Mision 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.

About the IB programme

The IB offers an education for students from age 3 to 19, comprising of four programmes that focus on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic:

The IB supports schools and teachers to provide a rigorous, high-quality education, offering professional development that improves pedagogy and leadership.

Since 2002 our school has been managed in accordance with the regulations from the Regional office in Geneva, following the program of the International Baccalaureate (IB), which is the most extensive international program, accepted in more than hundred countries worldwide.

MG International School offers two International Baccalaureate programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students from preschool to Grade 4 and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students from Grade 5 to Grade 8.

Primary Years Programme

MG adheres to the rigorous academic framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB). In March 2018 we became officially authorised as an IB World School for the Primary Years Programme.

The PYP aims to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3–12 age range. The curriculum is transdisciplinary, meaning that it focuses on issues that go across subject areas.

Six transdisciplinary themes across all subject areas allow students the in-depth inquiry and the development of critical-thinking skills. The transdisciplinary themes that help teachers to develop a programme of inquiry are:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet.

The PYP aims for a balance between acquiring essential knowledge and skills, whilst developing conceptual understanding, positive attitudes and the taking of responsible action. To help achieve this balance, the five essential elements are emphasised: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action. For more information about the PYP, visit the IB website.

Middle Years Programme

In 2005 we became officially authorised as an IB World School for the Middle Years Programme.

Middle Years Programme is especially designed to meet the educational needs of learners between the ages of 11 and 16. The MYP provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The programme encourages the use of variety of teaching and learning methodologies to produce a climate where students discover how they learn best in different contexts  in order to become critical, creative and reflective thinkers. The MYP organizes teaching and learning through eight subject groups:

  • Language and Literature
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Mathematics
  • Design
  • Arts
  • Sciences
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Language Acquisition

Assessment in the MYP is criterion-related so students around the world are measured against pre-specified criteria for each subject group. Teachers are required to modify these criteria to be age-appropriate in the earlier years of the programme. Teachers set assessment tasks that are assessed internally in the school.

For more information about the MYP, visit the IB website.

You can download the general regulations here.

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