International Baccalaureate Programs: Diploma Program (DP), Certificate Program (CP), and Middle Years Program (MYP)
International Baccalaureate 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.
McCaskey Campus Mission Statement: The McCaskey Campus, a diverse and open-minded learning community, prepares all students to meet their highest potential as successful, resourceful, and principled citizens through increased academic demand and preparation for real-life applications in a global society.
McCaskey Campus Policies for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
IB LEARNER PROFILE
INQUIRERS: They develop their natural curiosity, acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning.
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. 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.
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.
CARING: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They 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 are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
Middle Years Program (Grades 9-10)
What is the Middle Years Program (MYP)?
The main goal of MYP is to prepare students to be successful in school and to be active life-long learners. Teachers in MYP classes have taken part in professional development sessions to grow in their practice as they engage students in authentic, internationally-minded lessons and assessments.
All students in grades 9 and 10 will take MYP courses. Courses in the MYP have slightly different names. However, courses will continue to provide rigorous instruction with opportunities for students to successfully showcase their mastery of content and skills.
Diploma Program (Grades 11-12):
What is the Diploma Program (DP)?
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a comprehensive and challenging, two-year curriculum, designed for highly motivated students aged 16 to 19. In U.S. high schools, students typically participate in the IB Diploma program in their junior and senior years.
The IB Diploma Program prepares students to meet the demands of university study by encouraging them to
Beyond completing rigorous coursework, full IB Diploma students are also required to participate in community service, individual research and an inquiry into the nature of knowledge. The program strives to prepare students to become fully engaged citizens who embrace their own culture, are open and responsive to other cultures, and will be prepared to live and work in a global economy.
Students who successfully complete the full IB Diploma Program are awarded the IB Diploma, an achievement that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities. However, students may also choose individual IB classes. In addition, the Campus offers the IB Career- related Program. All of these options are available to J.P. McCaskey High School students, and each is described in more detail below.
Option A: The full Diploma Program
Assessment Requirements and Awarding of the IB Diploma:
Option B: Individual Subject Certificates
Option C: Career-related Program
Creativity, Activity, Service
Within the Diploma Program, CAS provides the main opportunity to develop many of the attributes described in the IB learner profile. The CAS program aims to develop students who:
IB and University Recognition