KEY International School
IB Curriculum

About International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IB is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 19, with unique academic rigour and emphasis on student’s personal development. The IB curriculum is available in 5163 schools in over 150 countries, teaching more than one million students worldwide. The IB programs challenge students to excel in their studies and encourage both personal and academic achievement. They focus on each student, addressing not only cognitive development but social, emotional and physical well-being. IB works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners. Students develop into inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people with adaptable skills to tackle society’s complex challenges. Every school authorized to offer IB programmes is known as an IB World School.
KEY International School is an IB candidate school for Primary Years Programme (PYP):

The IB Programs

There are 4 IB programs:

Primary Years Programme

The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child.


Age range: 3-12

Middle Years Programme

A challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, the MYP is inclusive by design; students of all interests and academic abilities can benefit from their participation.

Age range: 11-16

Diploma Programme

Research suggests many benefits to choosing the DP. The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

Age range: 16-19

Carreer-related Programme

The CP is a framework of international education addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education. It leads to further/higher education apprenticeships or employment.

Age range: 16-19

IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), for children aged 3 – 12, nurtures and develops young students as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning. The PYP allows students to develop their academic, social and emotional well-being, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. Additionally, it fosters independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.

How the PYP Works:

Students develop knowledge through six transdisciplinary themes, selected for their relevance to the real world:

Who we are

Where we are in place and time

How we express ourselves

How the world works

How we organize ourselves

Sharing the Planet

IB Learner’s profile

Who are we becoming through our learning in PYP?

Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life

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Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Knowledgeable

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Open-minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Thinkers

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions

Caring

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us

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Communicators

We express ourselves con­dently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups

Risk-Takers

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives intellectual, physical, and emotional to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live

Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development

10 reasons Why the PYP is ideal for students to become active, lifelong learners:

Encourages students to inquire

Offers a transdisciplinary approach

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Focuses on student's emotional intelligence

Encourages international mindedness

Teaches sudents how to learn

Focuses on each child as whole

Provides them the tools to thrive in an interconnected world

Develops student's agility and imagination

Involves the school learning community

Leads to caring, responsible and successful citizens

What a regular class looks like – The inquiry Process

In KEY International School, every class is a project and students work collaboratively with the teachers and other students to plan, present and assess their learning, co-constructing knowledge and skills:

Exploring

Investigating

Processing

Creating

IB students perform better

Students become “inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, well-balanced, and reflective”, therefore being prepared for our complex and interconnected world. The PYP has shown incredible results:

  • • According to a global International School’s Assessment study that ran from 2009-2011, the PYP students outperformed non-IB students in mathematics, reading and writing.
  • • A national study conducted in Australia, in 2014, found that students in the PYP perform better than the national average nationwide in science tests.

Evaluation

In KEY International School, our purpose is to focus intensely on student learning, by practicing a grading policy that is fair, consistent and meaningful. In our community, we provide students with the means to exhibit their different types of intelligence, whether it be through testing, reports or speaking. 
The academic achievement status is communicated to the students and parents twice a year, through comprehensive report cards with descriptive feedback, encouraging continuous reflection and growth. Moreover, students improve their learning abilities and discover more about themselves as explorers. All students are given an equal chance to develop their full potential, excel and become well-rounded individuals. 
For further information, please visit https://www.ibo.org/

E-mail: contact@keyschool.ro

Phone: +40 771 192 638

Adress: Aleea Valeriu Bologa nr. 3

Viva City, Bloc 3, parter

Postal Code: 400436

Cluj-Napoca, Romania