Delta school first to offer International Baccalaureate program
Comment provided by the BC Ministry of Education.
Southpointe Academy is poised to become the first school in the Delta district of British Columbia to be a fully authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) World School.
“The IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement,” explains Dean Croy, Head of the School. “IB’s philosophy aligns very closely with our own: to provide students with a global perspective and greater understanding of the world through interactive and holistic learning practices, and to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.”
The process to become a IB-MYP World School will take up to two years and involves a number of phases that are challenging, rewarding, and ultimately worthwhile for the school and its community. Southpointe has already begun to implement the program and staff are currently undergoing IB training.
“Children learn beyond the skills; they learn with meaning,” says Cori Kusel, Junior School Vice Principal at Southpointe Academy and IB-MYP teacher whose children are IB students at the school. “The program empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.”
In 2015, following a stringent three-year evaluation process, Southpointe Academy became the only accredited school in Delta and Richmond to become fully authorized as an IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) School.
“We have witnessed truly remarkable results with our Kindergarten to Grade 5 students as a result of the IB-PYP,” says Croy. “Our decision to apply for the IB- MYP for Grades 6 to 10 is a result of student, parent and teacher feedback. They see the difference. MYP is a continuation of PYP.”
Originally developed to provide education for globally mobile families in the diplomatic sector, and for those involved with multinational business and intergovernmental agencies, the program has evolved and now offers a stimulating academic environment more in tune with today’s global societal transformations.
Not only is IB beneficial for students and parents but it offers greater opportunities for teachers as well.
“IB is a community,” adds Kusel. “You not only receive ongoing training to continually update your skill set, but you have support from a global network. As a teacher you learn with other teachers from across the world. It doesn’t change you and your creativity but instead supports, develops and records your skills.”
According to a BC Ministry of Education spokesperson, the IB program encourages students to learn in a variety of ways. “It academically challenges students, with the objective of preparing them for success at university” said the spokesperson on Wednesday.
The IB program is the world’s fastest growing pre-university education program. Between December 2009 and December 2014, the number of IB programs offered worldwide grew by more than 46 percent. Projections for 2020 forecast 10,000 programs worldwide involving 2,500,000 students delivered by 290,000 teachers.
Southpointe Academy will be appointing an experienced MYP coordinator to start in August. Interested candidates should apply to: email@example.com
About Southpointe Academy:
Southpointe Academy is an independent, co-educational day school located in Delta, British Columbia, Canada. Its community of 530 students includes students from several countries. Southpointe Academy is a university preparatory school, committed to academic excellence, university preparation, leadership, and service.
About the International Baccalaureate (IB):
Over the past 45 years, the International Baccalaureate (IB) non-profit foundation has established a reputation for its high academic standards, preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century community, and helping to develop future
citizens who will create a better and more peaceful world. Last year Kultusminister Konferenz, the educational governing body in Germany, once again recognised the value of the International Baccalaureate’s (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Germany.