DCI is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and employs the IB’s interdisciplinary curriculum program to engage students in authentic and deep learning. Grounded in environmental stewardship, social justice and deep understanding of language and culture, DCI students contribute to their school, community and planet.
DCI is certified to offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and will use this curriculum as the foundation for secondary education at DCI. As the school grows, we will also pursue candidacy to offer the IB Diploma Programme and Career Programme. IB programs emphasize intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge. This dynamic combination of independent, critical, and creative thought along with real-world skill and international-mindedness educates the whole person for a life of active, responsible citizenship. Secondary education through DCI emphasizes achieving a high level of academic literacy while identifying both a career path and a meaningful post-secondary degree or credential. Through a rigorous yet flexible curriculum framework, students will evolve into globally active and compassionate life-long learners who live self-determined adult lives. The IB Framework couples perfectly with our emphasis on the community and planet.
DCI will combine language and cultural competence in the target languages of the member schools: Spanish, French, or Chinese. Most students entering this secondary program will have achieved a moderate level of fluency and literacy in their target language. At DCI, 25 – 50% of students’ classes are taught in an immersion environment. The program allows students to continue their progress in a second language and cultural literacy, and even allows them to begin to learn another language. Students new to Foreign Language education will be able to enter a beginning language track in one of the three target languages.
Environmental stewardship and social justice ground our students’ learning in the local community and the planet. While the IB naturally incorporates these principles, DCI will make these more visible and explicit in instructional design and activities. Using the IB’s interdisciplinary approach and projects, students and faculty will delve deep into environmental and social issues that affect their community and planet.
The IB Middle Years Programme provides an advanced academic experience in grades 6-10. IB MYP students gain both academic and real-world experience and skills. Five broad themes provide a conceptual framework through which students organize and explore their growing awareness of the world: approaches to learning, community and service, environments, health and social education, and human ingenuity. In grades 11-12, when DCI becomes authorized, students will be provided with the coursework to earn the IB Diploma option and IB subject-specific certificates and/or the IB Career-Related Certificate (IBCC). Students will be able to achieve the rigorous and world respected IB MYP Certificate, IB Diploma, and/or IB Career Certification. Students who continue on the language track from their elementary education may also attain the IB Bilingual Diploma.
The MYP is implemented from grades 6-10: students are eligible to receive the MYP certificate at the end of 10th grade. Both the IBCC and DP Programmes follow in grades 11-12. Students take exams to earn either or both the certificate and degree at the end of 12th grade.
The IB MYP, for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge encouraging students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world and to become critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP consists of eight subject groups integrated through five areas of interaction that provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects. Students must study their “mother tongue” or “best-spoken language”, a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology/design. In the final year (grade 10), students engage in a long-term personal project allowing them to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed.
The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations preparing students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The Diploma Programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. IB Diploma Programme students study six courses at a higher level or standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 5. In addition, the Program has three core requirements included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding: the extended essay; theory of knowledge; and creativity, action, and service. Many highly regarded high schools across the country are choosing to implement the IB Diploma Programme instead of offering Advanced Placement classes. It is interesting to note that IB students may sit for any AP exam, but the reverse is not true. The IB Diploma Programme is a proven predictor of success in university. Over 1,500 universities worldwide recognize the IB Diploma Programme by giving college credit for DP coursework as well as preferential admission, and more are doing so each year.
The IB Career-Related Certificate (IBCC), which can be earned in lieu of the IB Diploma, serves to provide a more inclusive provision for students and reduce the ‘academic versus vocational’ divide. Too often secondary schools are organized as though preparation for college and career are mutually exclusive options. In February 2011, President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan highlighted a report released by the Harvard Graduate School of Education called “Pathways to Prosperity.” The report notes that about two-thirds of the 47 million American jobs expected to be created in the next six years will require some sort of education beyond high school, and a smaller proportion will require a four-year college degree. About 14 million of these new jobs will require a post-secondary certificate or Associate’s degree.
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