International Baccalaureate Candidate
We are proud to announce that Berta Palacios Elementary School Is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate ( IB ) and is pursuing authorization as an IB School. International Baccalaureate ( IB ) emphasizes creative problem solving, hands-on projects, inquiry-based learning, and community service.
What is IB?
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers significant benefits to schools.
If you choose to become an IB World School, you will gain access to:
- high quality programmes of education, which support development of knowledgeable and inquiring students
- professional development that supports effective educators and collaborative professional learning communities
- a worldwide network of highly respected IB World Schools, working together to share best practice.
Research shows that students in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) performed better than non-IB students in a global International Schools’ Assessment study that ran from 2009-2011.
Further research indicates that Diploma Programme (DP) graduates complete college faster than their peers, feel more prepared for college-level coursework involving research, and are better able to cope with demanding workloads and time-management challenges.
Stimulating professional development
The IB offers extensive professional development for staff at IB World Schools. There are face-to-face and online learning opportunities nearly every day of the year.
Read about IB professional development opportunities.
IB World Schools work within a global community, creating frequent opportunities for shared learning and collaboration with others.