Middle School/IB Curriculum
St. James Academy’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) lays the foundation for a student’s success in the middle school as well as at the highest academic high school and college levels by creating internationally minded citizens of the World.
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) was founded in Geneva Switzerland in 1968 as a nonprofit universal approach to education. IB promotes intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century. IB Programmes encourage international-mindedness in students and educators using the IB Learner Profile as a compass (balanced, caring, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable, open-minded, principled, reflective, risk taker, and thinker).
Similar in academic rigor to an Advanced Placement (AP) program, the IB differs by utilizing a global approach, fostering independence, critical thinking, creativity, service, and compassionate citizenship. At the high school level, IB students target a level of academic achievement that facilitates the college application process. For example, the 2010 US News and World Report ranking of best high schools used equally data from AP and IB programs in their methodology. IB students routinely gain admission to many of the best universities!
The goal of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) is to “develop internationally-minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.” St. James Academy (SJA) contributes to this goal by teaching students respect for human life and dignity, ethical judgment, and global citizenship. Additionally, SJA strengthens IB learners by developing all 10 Learner Profile characteristics and encouraging students to be: thinker, risk-taker, inquirer, caring, knowledgeable, principled, communicator, open minded, reflective, and balanced citizens of the world. Developing the IB MYP five Areas of Interaction (Approaches to Learning, Human Ingenuity, Community and Service, Environments, and Health and Social Education) is demonstrated throughout our Middle School Course Descriptors as we continue to grow and nurture future leaders in 21st Century thinking with international mindedness.