MONTREAL, MAY 17, 2010 - The request by Carlyle Elementary School in Town of Mount Royal for candidate status has been officially granted by International Baccalaureate (IB) Americas. This indicates that Carlyle is committed to sharing a common International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Programme (IB–PYP) philosophy, which offers a high quality, challenging and internationaI program for the 21st century learning that is recognized worldwide.
Carlyle offers IB-PYP while respecting the standards, requirements and assessment practices of the curriculum of the (MELS) Ministère d’Éducation, Sports et Loisirs. “Obtaining candidate status entailed a lot of extra work and time, but it was through the collaboration and vision of the staff, administrator and parents that we were able to achieve our goal,” says Principal Joan MacMillan. “I congratulate the hard work and dedication of all members of our team!”
As Ms. MacMillan explains, as a candidate school the first step is the appointment of an IB consultant who will work with the staff until formal authorization is obtained. A consultation visit from IB Americas will take place early next school year. Teachers will also have access to the IB online curriculum center, which offers a variety of educational resources, online access to subject area experts, and discussion sessions with IB teachers around the world. Carlyle will continue to develop life-long learners while preparing them to “ think deeply and act wisely” as global citizens.
“Our goal now is to work toward Application Form Part B, which is due on October 1, 2011,” says Ms. MacMillan.
Founded in 1968, the IB program is designed to bring a perspective of internationalism to a school community.
The goal of this network is to develop children as global citizens who think and act responsibly to help make this world a better peaceful place. This is achieved through a very specific curriculum of inquiry that help students question and learn about the world in which they live. The basic context of skills, attitudes and knowledge from the Quebec Curriculum are still adhered to, yet units of inquiry are developed around this International perspective. The curriculum encourages students to be aware of local, national and global issues. Assessment requires students to be reflective and evaluate the learning that they have practiced. Finally, all learning leads to some form of action. Language is paramount to the learning process and IB standards insist that language learning be the center of all learning. This international program is child-centered, guaranteeing that all students’ learning styles and special needs are respected.
FIVE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS
In the IB-PYP the curriculum has five essential elements: Students explore different concepts through classroom research and units of inquiry; students learn essential knowledge that have local, national and global significance.; research and inquiry skills are developed; activities are designed that promote positive student attitudes; and programs offer all learners the opportunity to take action in their community and within the environment they live. IB learners are taught to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.
The curriculum has six trans-disciplinary themes that surround six subjects: language, social studies, math, arts, science and technology, and personal, social and physical education. The ideas within the curriculum are engaging and challenging and children are taught see the relevance and to connect these ideas to the world beyond their school experiences.
The PYP is aimed towards students between the ages of three and 12, in which its emphasis is on the total growth of a developing child. It helps to touch the hearts and minds of students, as well as encompass their social, physical and cultural needs along with fostering their academic development. The first IB school was established in 1974 and there are currently over 2,200 in 127 countries, with 258 in Canada and 10 in Montreal. Three EMSB high schools – Marymount Academy in NDG and John Paul I and Laurier Macdonald in St. Léonard – offer the IB program. Michelangelo and Carlyle are the first elementary schools in the EMSB to pursue the implementation of the IB-PYP.
"The IB – PYP is a good academic program, which offers students the best in pedagogical practices and personal development," said Joan MacMillan, Principal of Carlyle School, whose letter of intent to become an IB school was accepted last winter. "It helps children to think deeply and act wisely through inquiring about the world around them. It offers the best in quality education for students. Children can make the world a better place by the actions they take. When children become educated conscientious citizens of the world, they become more responsible, caring and understanding. They develop into citizens that respect the cultural diversity of our society and world globalization… creating a better and more peaceful world.”