Introduction to the IB

      TKS is an IB world school that offers the Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program and Diploma Program of the International Baccalaureate; a continuum of high-quality, international education across all grade levels. The IB is the most respected and widely followed academic program in the international school world. It has grown increasingly popular in many national education systems, with more than 4,000 schools worldwide offering IB programs. As such, it is well suited to meet the needs of our diverse and internationally minded community.

      The IB is different from other curricula because it:

      • Encourages students to think critically and challenge what they are told.
      • Is independent of governments and national systems, and therefore able to incorporate best practice from a range of international frameworks and curricula.
      • Encourages students to consider both their local and international environment.

      Research shows that IB students perform well on international academic assessments, and often better than students on other programs. In addition, Diploma Program graduates are better able to cope with demanding workloads and time-management challenges and feel more prepared for college-level coursework involving research and, than students from non-IB schools.

      THE IB LEARNER PROFILE

      Inquirers

      They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

      Knowledgeable

      They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

      Thinkers

      They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

      Communicators

      They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

      Principled

      They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

      Open-minded

      They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

      Caring

      They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

      Risk-takers

      They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

      Balanced

      They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

      Reflective

      They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

       

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