A Focus on the Learner
The first area that drew us to the IB Program was a focus on developing learners, as opposed to simply delivering content. While it may seem like semantics to some, this is a real distinction that firmly contributes to the quality of being future-ready.
At TCIS, we believe in preparing children to be curious, discerning, systematic, creative, goal-focused, and reflective. We also invest in helping children to develop habits, systems, skills, and standards for themselves. With those things in place, the engagement with classroom content becomes personal and alive. Students with these qualities do well now and in the future.
This focus on the individual also acknowledges students as people with unique goals, talents, and passions. To cultivate a person, holistically, means that attention needs to be given to all areas of development (physical, social, emotional, etc.) This is the traditional approach at TCIS and a characteristic of IB done well.
The concept of continuous, life-long learning is important to us as educators and mentors. We want students to leave this community with the skills to be successful in university and beyond. When we first considered the IB program, we recognized the structure for continuous learning, with three developmentally sound programs that progress seamlessly through the years. This fits very well with the TCIS standards for vertical alignment of curriculum in K-12, and we have seen so much positive impact in students over the years.