International Baccalaureate (IB)
Corbett Prep and IB
Corbett Prep is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school. Sixth, seventh and eighth grades are authorized by the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), and PreK3 through fifth grade is authorized by the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP).
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who recognize their common humanity and strive to create a better and more peaceful world. The IB Learner Profile represents 10 attributes that IB World Schools value. IB educators help students to develop these attributes and demonstrate them in increasingly robust and sophisticated ways as they mature.
What is IB?
The International Baccalaureate Programme provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world as well as to become critical and reflective thinkers.
For close to 50 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for rigor and high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century, and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Currently, IB students attend more than 4,500 schools in 147 countries.
The IB has a positive impact on students, schools and their wider communities with learning going well beyond the classroom. Its unique and innovative approach to learning means both students and teachers are engaged with the programs and benefit from being a part of an unparalleled global network. Students are able to participate in international conferences and educators work with their peers internationally to ensure that the IB remains at the cutting edge of international education.
Corbett Prep offers two IB programmes, which share a focus on international-mindedness and developing the attributes of the IB learner profile. All IB programmes require students to complete a culminating project that showcases the knowledge, understanding, and skills they have gained.
Each programme also has its own identity and developmentally appropriate qualities. Learn more about the Primary Years Programme and the Middle Years Programme:
Corbett Prep invests in the IB Programme to benefit from its quality training, continuous improvement, high levels of inquiry, reflection in learning, and guidelines that require ongoing 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 five years an evaluation team from IB arrives to monitor our progress and status, which provides another opportunity to validate our efforts to create quality for our Corbett Prep students as well as receive ideas for maintaining a continuous improvement model. That thinking is what keeps Corbett Prep faculty and staff continuously challenged, proud of their accomplishments, and involved in a strong and dedicated learning community.
IB 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.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
IB Learner Profile
The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing the common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
IB learners strive to be:
Corbett Prep balances a dynamic, nurturing, and safe learning environment with high standards and high expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. Teachers put children first, attending to each student as an individual and as a member of a collaborative learning community. The school combines joy with challenge; stimulating and inspiring lessons with productivity and results; and a strong work ethic focused on excellence with ethical conduct that emphasizes dignity and respect for all.
Corbett Prep Mission Statement
To have a positive impact on the greater community.
To develop globally minded students who are culturally aware and respectful of diversity, (through gender, race, religion, ethnic background and countries of origin).
To accelerate learning by creating a brain-friendly environment that is
- Joyful and challenging
- Stimulating and productive
- Nurturing, with high standards and high expectations
- Strong work ethic and ethical behavior
Corbett Prep, then Independent Day School, was founded on and remains devoted to the ideal that a happy child – one who is given respect as a unique human being and allowed to fulfill his/her needs to play, to investigate, and to be him/herself – is more open to learning than a child who is unhappy, tense, and fearful.
Founders Marilyn Gatlin and Betty Anderson wrote in 1968: "We consider it our responsibility to foster each child’s capacity for learning, to help him/her grow morally, spiritually, and emotionally, as well as physically and intellectually. Recognizing the many differences in learning rates and styles, we believe in individualizing each child’s school experience to whatever extent is possible for the fullest development of his/her potential. It is our belief that school should be interesting and even exciting; that each child’s work and behavior should be evaluated in terms of his/her own inherent capacity rather than through comparison with others; and that cooperation is more valuable than competition. Our goal is to provide a relaxed but stimulating atmosphere wherein each child feels acceptance and encouragement in the achievement of success through the exercise of responsible choice.”