June 21, 2018

What is the IB Program?

In Utah, there are only a few International Baccalaureate schools – one of which is Providence Hall. But what does that mean, and how does it apply to you and your student? There are a lot of good things about the IB program, you just need to understand how it works!

History of the IB Program

In 1968, a group of educators wanted to create a program that could supply children with the tools, skills, and values they would need to build a more peaceful future. They wanted their program to be challenging but inclusive of every child. From there, the program was expanded so students could build a deeper understanding of how their studies fit into the wider context of our world. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP) were created to provide education to children through their entire school career.

“…each stage has a commitment to multilingualism, international mindedness, and action through service in the student’s own community. We champion critical thinking and a flexibility for learning that crosses disciplines.” – IBO.org

After the implementation of the PYP and the DP the IB program introduced the Middle Years Programme (MYP), which is designed to set students up for both high school and then higher education at the collegiate level. IB has a high focus on language acquisition as well, and we begin teaching language classes in elementary school.

“At the IB, we have a serious commitment to developing multilingualism. For us, languages are not just a subject, they are a fundamental part of our educational ethos – to foster international mindedness in each and every student. Pursuing the study of languages throughout all of our programmes enables students to understand the world around them from a different perspective and viewpoint.” – IBO.org

Today, the IB program has been implemented in over four thousand schools, across 153 countries. Providence Hall is proud to be one of those schools and the first school in Utah to offer the full K-12 program. From day one we have sought to provide children with the same educational experiences that the original IB founders did.

“The IB learner profile encourages students to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.” – IBO.org

How the IB Program Fits Into Providence Hall

When your student learns through the IB program they will learn how to react to real life situations and act in ways that benefit not only themselves but the world around them. At Providence Hall we believe that learning is so much more than writ memorization and book-learning, which is why we’re proud to offer the IB program.

When your student joins our schools they can expect to learn from professional educators all dedicated to the same goal: to create future leaders and national contributors. Students should feel the influence of the IB program in their math, English, science, art, language, and technology classes. Our classes meet the minimum requirements outlined by the state and then push students to further their education through group activities, open discussions, real-world scenarios, and more!

Graduation from the IB Program

Providence Hall has a 98% graduation rate, and the IB program includes courses nationally recognized by colleges. Because we offer our students as much individualized teaching as our educators are able to provide, your student should feel challenged but never overwhelmed. There’s a reason that IB students go on to do great things after their time with us. Additionally, students who graduate from the Diploma Programme are “more likely to get a Bachelor’s Degree… Over 69% of IB students receive their Bachelor’s degree, compared to 58% of all US students.”

Children who begin their educational journey with Providence Hall through the IB program are better equipped to enter the collegiate and career worlds. We care about each student who enters our Hall, and we hope you’ll give us the chance to prepare them for their future. Providence Hall does our annual lottery in February of each year, and you can enter the drawing here. For more information on our school and our curriculum you can check out our International Baccalaureate information.

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