As of June, 2014 Westchester Academy for International Studies is officially an authorized IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme!
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization 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 who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The Learner Profile is the IB Mission Statement in action. The Learner Profile represents a set of ideals that give teachers, students, and community members a common purpose. IB Learners strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.
Life in the 21st Century places many demands on students. Enabling students to become self-confident, internationally-minded learners must be integral to their education. The International Baccalaureate (IB) has developed a framework of international education incorporating the vision and educational principles of the IB into local programmes to address the needs of students engaged in career-related studies.
The IB Career-related Programme (IB CP) is an innovative education framework for students aged 16 to 19 incorporating the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically tailored for students who wish to engage in career-related learning.
The aim of the IB CP is to provide students with both an academic and practical foundation to support both their further studies and specialized training, thereby ensuring their success in the workforce.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org
The IB CP framework allows students to specialize in, and focus on, a career-related pathway leading to higher education, further education, work or apprenticeships. The programme’s three-part framework comprises the study of at least two Diploma Programme courses alongside career-related studies and the distinctive IB CP core which is designed to create a bridge that connects each student’s chosen Diploma Programme courses and career-related studies.
For IB CP students, Diploma Programme courses provide the theoretical underpinning and academic challenge; career-related studies further support the programme’s academic strength and provide practical, real-world approaches to learning; and the IB CP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.
The IB CP enables students to:
- Develop a broad range of career-related competencies and to deepen their understanding in general areas of knowledge
- Prepare for effective participation in an ever-changing world of work
- Foster the attributes of the learner profile allowing students to become true lifelong learners willing to consider new perspectives
- Engage in learning that makes a positive difference to future lives
- Become a self confident person ready for life in the 21st century.