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Principal's Message

Welcome to Carl Hankey K-8, South Orange County’s ONLY public International Baccalaureate World School

Are you wondering, “What is different about an IB school?  Do you have more homework?  Is it harder?” 

The number one thing that sets Hankey apart from the rest is that we strive to fulfill the IB Mission statement- “develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring youth who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”  Hankey’s K-8 curriculum embraces an inquiry-based instructional program promoting critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity and action-taking. Traditional subjects such as reading, writing, science, social studies and math are integrated and intertwined, rather than compartmentalized neatly into prescribed time slots. For example, rather than learning about math, then closing the text book and completing an art project, IB students learn mathematic principles through creative art assignments. Where ever possible, Hankey’s teachers strive to develop connections that deepen student understanding and push students to ask “Why?” and “How?” This is teaching and learning in context, a practice which research proves, “Makes studies come alive!” (Johnson, 2002)

Students in the Primary Year Program (PYP- K-5th grade) embark on a yearlong academic journey founded upon six transdisciplinary themes: Who We Are, Where We are in Place and Time, How We Express Ourselves, How the World Works, How We Organize Ourselves, and Sharing the Planet. Each takes 5-6 weeks to cover and all conclude with a performance-based assessment requiring students to demonstrate their learning through the lens of that particular theme.

Additional enrichment activities integrated into the PYP curriculum including weekly Spanish instruction,  Art Masters activities aligned to the IB units,  a semester of Primary Music for grades K-3; and 80 minutes per week of instrumental and choral music for grades 4-5. 

Students in the Middle Year Program (MYP-Grades 6-8) also learn through broad thematic categories. All middle schoolers take eight subject areas. These include Language Acquisition (Spanish) and PE, rotated every other week, Arts (fine arts, drama, instrumental music or music appreciation), Design, a problem-based learning curriculum unique to IB teaching application of the design cycle, and the traditional core subject areas of Language and Literature (English),  math, science, and Individuals and Societies (social studies). 


For more information about both IB programs, and the IB Diploma Program (DP) at Capistrano Valley High School, go to our recent Board Presentation Power Point, located in the NEWS SECTION

Here are a few other distinctions defining Hankey’s IB program;

  • Hankey's IB Programs are open to EVERY student!  Whether your child begins their educational adventures with us in kindergarten, or joins our school community in later grade levels, they are immediately immersed in the full IB curriculum. 
  • The IB promotes the values of action and service.  Students are encouraged to take action and “Do Something” with their learning.  This might be sharing with family members, discovering a rock is really a fossil, writing a story, making a poster…voluntarily using what has been learned to make a difference.  Service, whether completed at school or in the community, is celebrated in all grades, and 8th graders are eligible for Service Awards given in June at the awards ceremony.
  • The IB fosters international mindedness and globalism.  Our students know that a bigger world lies beyond the school walls, and through this awareness, they learn to tolerate differences and celebrate cultural uniqueness.
  • The IB develops reflection. As IB learners we all, staff and students, know the importance of taking time to stop, think, evaluate, reorganize and then go forth, rejuvenated and realigned.  Reflection helps us build intellectual stamina and the understanding that is perfectly fine to make a mistake and begin anew.

Hankey K-8 is a small neighborhood school with a huge heart and tremendous spirit.  We are extremely proud of our accomplishments; IB World School, 2012 California Distinguished School (Elementary), 2015 California Gold Ribbon School (Middle) and designation as a CBEE (Campaign for Business and Education Excellence) Honor Roll School (2012, 2014). 

At Hankey, everyone matters.  Each member of our school community is an important piece of the overall puzzle.  We are glad you are a part of our Hankey family, and we look forward to another amazing school year!

Dana Aguilera-Principal, Carl Hankey K-8

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