What is an IB World School?
An IB World School is one that provides a challenging and comprehensive education that would enable students to understand and manage the complexities of a changing world.
It allows students to develop skills and attitudes that prompt them to take responsible action for the future. It encourages students to engage in challenging ideas, collaborate with others, and become internationally minded to create a better and more peaceful world.
What does it mean to be an IB World School?
The International School of Port of Spain (ISPS) became authorized as a Primary Years Programme (PYP) School in 2009, and received its first evaluation/ verification in 2012. The school successfully completed its second evaluation in 2017.
In addition, in June 2016, ISPS was authorized to offer the Middle Years Programme (MYP). A multi-programme evaluation of both the PYP and MYP will be conducted in 2021.
The philosophy of IB aligns with the school’s mission to provide academic rigor that would challenge students to excel in their studies and personal development. To be an IB World School means offering students an opportunity to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners who will use their knowledge, skills, and values to provide a better life for themselves, and make a positive contribution to the global community. The learner profile is interwoven into the fabric of our school community, and we encourage our students to practice the traits with the goal of caring for the well-being of others.
As an IB World school, the curriculum we offer is concept-based and inquiry-driven. Education is more student-centered and involves teamwork and collaboration. Teachers act as intellectual leaders who guide and empower students to construct their own meaning, and inspire them to ask questions that will drive their search for knowledge and understanding. The IB programmes also guide teachers in their approaches to teaching and learning, and emphasize how to learn, so students can interact effectively with their learning environments.
Being an IB school also means providing a balanced curriculum that offers a broad range of content across different subjects. In the PYP, learning is transdisciplinary as it crosses boundaries of different subjects, unlike the MYP where learning is more disciplinary and interdisciplinary. Learning through concepts or broad powerful ideas help to integrate knowledge, and deepen disciplinary understanding that will allow students to transfer learning to new contexts.
IB students are recognized for their independent thinking and strong academic, social and emotional characteristics. In our culturally diverse community at ISPS, these are the kind of students we want to develop through our programmes, academically strong, culturally aware, and internationally minded.