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International Baccalaureate (IB)

Ocean Avenue is an IB World School.  IB stands for International Baccalaureate. The International Baccalaureate Organization is a non-profit education foundation founded in 1968 by a consortium of international schools. The IB Organization supports a learning model built on rigorous intellectual inquiry and personal growth for children aged 3 to 19 years. IB offers this continuum of education through its four programs—the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP), the Diploma Program (DP), and the Career-Related Certificate (CC). IB currently works with over 3,700 schools in 147 countries. In all IB programs, the focus is on helping students become “internationally-minded”—taking an active, principled, positive stance toward learning and working throughout an increasingly globalized future. An IB school must go through a rigorous multi-year authorization.

The Primary Years Program (PYP) at Ocean Avenue focuses on the development of the whole child, and provides a framework that can meet every child’s academic, social, emotional, cultural and physical needs. It is an inquiry-based learning model and is intentionally integrated across all subjects in the curriculum. Students are taught to take ownership of their learning, with teachers providing initial knowledge-building, guidance around questioning, facilitation of inquiry, and assessment of learning. Students develop skills and attitudes to help them prepare for life in a globalized world. The PYP supports differentiation for all kinds of learners, as it focuses on deeper exploration of universal central ideas around which students can build their understanding of their world.