Trinity Catholic School has been accepted as a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
The IB Middle Years Program (MYP) prepares sixth through eighth grade students for advanced achievement with higher level thinking, communications, collaborative skills, self management, and reflection. The program’s standards will deepen the established academic excellence at Trinity Catholic School.
The IB Middle Years Program (MYP) is highly regarded by colleges and universities around the globe and is perceived as the gold standard among admissions officials. Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Director of Admissions at Harvard University, says she is always pleased to see the IB credentials on transcripts.
The IB developed from discoveries at the Oxford Department of Education in the 1960’s, and the desire of diplomats to give their children the best possible education. The IB is a phenomenal structure for rigorous academics, and also aims at fostering well-rounded students. The IB approach will maximize opportunities for students to grow as unique individuals, based on their own skills and abilities.
The interdisciplinary nature of IB will encourage students to make deeper connections between school and the complex world around them.
The IB’s commitment to developing the whole person aligns with Trinity’s mission of teaching the Faith. By connecting what the students are learning to how they can apply it, IB will further enrich the values already well-established at the school such as service, virtue, and leadership. Trinity nurtures these values, among others, through community involvement, weekly mass, and mentorships programs. Trinity Catholic School’s Pastor, Fr. Pete Zalewski, as well as Christian schools and Catholic dioceses throughout the country, have assessed the IB’s impact on the identity of the school and has determined it will positively impact the Catholic culture on campus.
Becoming an IB World School is a two year process. Administration and faculty will be working with an IB consultant during this time to incorporate the IB program into the Middle School’s culture and curriculum. During the second year, IB staff will visit Trinity Catholic School to verify that their educational principles and required standards and practices are in place. Once Trinity has gained full accreditation, there is a continuous process with the IB to maintain MYP status.
For questions about the IB MYP, contact Assistant Principal Stephanie Bechtol at the school office, (850) 222-0444, or by email at BechtolS@TrinityKnights.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the IB?
A nationally and internationally recognized program that prepares students for advanced achievement with higher level learning, communications, and collaborative skills. An increase in academic rigor.
A disciplined approach to academic and personal growth.
A way of teaching "how to learn" through approaches that help students engage and persist in learning tasks.
Is the IB a curriculum?
IB is a flexible framework that will enhance existing curriculum and offer a systematic way to provide rigorous study.
It will not replace our family and faith approach - It will deepen the way students seek knowledge, exercise reason, and live virtuously.
Who is the IB MYP for?
IB is designed for all learners and provides opportunities for all students to grow. The IB MYP at Trinity Catholic School will be for middle school students.
How does the IB support our Catholic foundation?
The IB fits right in with our Catholic Identity, helping our students to see the worth and value of every person and helping them to grow as good stewards of all the gifts God gives us, including the world around us.