We are often asked, “Are you an IB – International Baccalaureate School?” The answer is, “Yes, we are!” Corbett Preparatory School of IDS is an authorized International Baccalaureate School. Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grades are part of what is authorized by the IB MYP – Middle Years Programme (their European spelling) and PreK3 through fifth grade is authorized by the IB PYP – Primary Years Programme.
Investing in the IB Programme is very costly, time consuming, and filled with expectations. However, its value is quality training, continuous improvement, high levels of inquiry, reflection in learning, and guidelines that require on-going dialogues among teachers of different grades and subjects to balance interdisciplinary learning across subject areas while maintaining subject area depth.
Another value is that every four to five years an evaluation team from IB arrives to monitor our progress and status which provides another opportunity to validate our relentless efforts to create quality for our Corbett Prep students as well as receive on-going ideas for maintaining a continuous improvement model. That thinking is what keeps Corbett Prep faculty and staff continuously challenged, proud of their accomplishments, on the cutting edge, and engaged in a strong and dedicated learning community.
IB Promotes as a Method of Instruction: Inquiry
Effective inquiry is more than just asking questions. It entails a complex process whereby individuals attempt to convert information and data into useful knowledge in order to understand the natural and human-designed worlds. Anthony Robbins once said, “The quality of our lives is determined by the quality of the questions we ask.” At Corbett Prep, in addition to answering questions, students gain the confidence to ask the questions that lead to high level thinking in a thinking society.