Welcome to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB-MYP) at Andersen Junior High. International Baccalaureate (IB) is about cultivating in our students a global awareness and appreciation for other cultures along with a rigorous, high quality education. This is evident in the 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.
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."
Retreived from: http://www.ibo.org/en/about-the-ib/mission/
The IB Mission statement falls in line with the Andersen Junior High Mission Statement:
"Andersen Junior High School is a diverse family of globally-minded learners, dedicated to providing support and opportunity to all students to master grade-level, CUSD, and state standards with intercultural understanding and respect regardless of previous academic performance, family circumstances, socioeconomic status, religion, race, and or gender. Our staff plans collaboratively to create standards-based lessons and provides students a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment. We foster the development of students to become active, compassionate, and life-long learners who make a difference in all that they do."
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program provides students with a world-class education that helps students to understand themselves and the world around them. The program also prepares students for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in grades 11-12.
International Baccalaureate consists of 5 main components:
IB Learner Profiles: There are ten learner profile traits that IB identifies as being beneficial to learning. Students will explore their own profile traits and learn to develop these traits throughout junior high and high school.
Global Contexts: Every subject students learn at AJHS is studied within a global context. There are six global contexts on which the IB program focuses.
Key Concepts: The concepts that encompass the main message of a subject area and in some cases tie subjects together are referred to as key concepts in IB. The key concepts are part of the main learning goals in lessons.
Approaches to Learning: Students will work on approaching learning with skills necessary to success. They will work on developing skills that allow them to approach problems with confidence and perseverance.
Community Service: Students will participate in and reflect on their participation in service opportunities within their communities. AJHS provides some service opportunities for students but also encourages students to participate in volunteering outside of school organized events as well.
Andersen Junior High partners with Chandler High School to provide the IB Middle Years Program to all students grades 6-10. Chandler High School also offers the IB Diploma Program, which allows participating students to receive an IB Diploma indicating that they have accomplished success in a rigorous education program. IB students are recognized by international schools around the world and many receive scholarships to top universities.