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What is an IB education?

The IB continuum of international education for 3 to 19 year olds is unique because of its academic and personal rigor. It challenges students to excel both in their studies and in their personal growth while inspiring a quest for learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy. The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations.  MPS is proudly offers 19 IB programs in 12 schools across the district.

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the holistic development of the child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. The PYP:

  • Emphasizes the development of the whole student - physically, ethnically, intellectually and emotionally
  • Is a curriculum framework defined by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance which are explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas
  • Places a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning

The IB Primary Years Programme is currently offered at Bancroft, Hall, and Wittier elementary schools. 

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between subjects and the world around them, and to become critical and reflective thinkers. Students:

  • Engage in a well-rounded study including physical and health education, arts, sciences, language and literature, mathematics, individuals and societies, design, and world language
  • Engage in a community project (8th) and/or personal project (10th) of personal choice, which they use to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed through the programme

The IB Middle Years Programme is currently offered at 5 middle schools (Anthony, Anwatin, Northeast, Sanford and Olson**) and 4 high schools (Edison, Henry, Roosevelt, Southwest) in MPS

The IB Diploma Programme (DP), for 11th and 12th grade students, is an academically challenging program of study designed to give students an opportunity to acquire the breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding in courses necessary for success in college and life beyond.  Students earning a score a 4 or higher in an IB DP course may earn college credit and/or advanced placement into college coursework.*  Any student attending an authorized IB DP school may choose to enroll in IB Diploma Programme courses.  Students in MPS high schools offering Diploma Programme (DP) courses have the opportunity earn an IB Diploma, an academic honor awarded to students completing the following requirements:

  • An average score of 4 or higher in six subject areas;
  • A Theory of Knowledge course;
  • A Creativity, Action, Service program;
  • Study a minimum of two languages;
  • An Extended Essay entailing in-depth research in an area of personal interest. 

The IB Diploma is recognized by colleges and universities worldwide and may qualify a student for substantial college credit.*

The IB Diploma Programme is currently offered at Edison, Henry, Roosevelt, Southwest, and Washburn high schools. 


The IB Diploma Career-related Programme (CP), for students aged 16-19, incorporates the educational principles, vision and learner profile of the IB into a unique offering that specifically addresses the needs of students who wish to engage in career and technical education.  Students undertaking this course of study:

  • Take a minimum of two IB DP courses;
  • Complete a reflective project;
  • Begin or extend the study of a foreign language;
  • Complete a CTE program of study.

Upon completion of these requirements students may qualify for college credit and/or achieve professional certification.*  Currently, the IB Career Programme is offered at Henry, Roosevelt and Southwest** in these career-related areas:

  • Henry: Project Lead The Way (Engineering) and Digital Media       
  • Roosevelt: Health Careers and Auto Repair
  • Southwest: Buisness**         


** in development
* The requirements of colleges, universities, and professional organizations for granting credit/certification may vary.