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Introduction to International Baccalaureate


International Baccalaureate is a comprehensive program that taps into the curiosity that a child naturally has.

IB allows for teaching of the whole child through visual and performing arts, music, technology and the academic areas. Each classroom participates in six rigorous units of study where students ask questions, explore, research and present their knowledge in a variety of ways, leading to a deeper level of understanding.

These 21st century skills are taught through integrating reading, writing, and math in all content areas. Students are encouraged to take action  by  creating opportunities based upon what they have learned, to be of service to their community and to make a positive difference towards a better world. 

IB has an international aspect that includes exposure to a second language, as well as encouraging students to work towards obtaining attributes such as open-mindedness and being  principled.

All teachers are highly trained and continue with their education in the latest IB philosophy and ideas. After several years of training, Mt. George International school is an IB authorized school.

The Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organization is a unique academic program currently used at Mt. George. Authorization as an 'IB World School' takes place only after the school has dedicated years to staff training and curriculum integration. The result is a dramatic change-over in teaching philosophy to student-driven inquiry and international mindedness.

Mt. George is truly proud to be able to call itself an Authorized school of IB/PYP. In the years we have implemented the program at school, changes in the students have been truly remarkable. We look forward to more to come.

The elementary school level of the IB curriculum is called the Primary Years Programme. It is intended for students aged 3 to 12 and focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.


The three main components of the PYP

Inquiry-based instruction

Teachers develop trans-disciplinary units based on themes that reflect essential knowledge and that encourage students to ask questions and become architects of their own learning. We want our students to connect what they learn to real-life situations and have opportunities to work together to meet real challenges.

Becoming internationally minded

Students in the Primary Years Program develop the attributes of a learner that will work effectively anywhere in the world. We want our students to be open to other perspectives and communicate in more than one language.


Students create opportunities based on what they have learned to be of service to their community and to make a positive difference toward a better world.

An Introductory Guide for Parents

The International Baccalaureate (IB), formerly known as The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), is an educational foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, founded in 1968. 

IB offers four educational programmes for children aged 3–19. The organization's name and logo were changed in 2007 to reflect a reorganization. Consequently, "IB" can refer to the organization itself, any of the four programmes, or the diploma or certificates awarded at the end of the programme.

IB logo

Transdisciplinary Themes
  • How We Organize Ourselves
  • Who We Are
  • How We Express Ourselves
  • Where We Are In Place And Time
  • Sharing The Planet
  • How The World Works
IB/PYP Coordinator

Colette Freeman