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Four Areas of Focus: 

  1. Development of curriculum
  2. Assessment of students
  3. Training and professional development of teachers
  4. Authorization and evaluation of schools

Where are IB Schools?

As of August, 2015, 4,267 schools across the globe offer IB programmes for students ages 3-19. There are 2633 IB World Schools in the Americas, 962 in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and 681 IB World Schools in the Asia-Pacific region,

What makes IB schools unique?

  1. The IB program encourages international-mindedness.  Students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity.
  2. The IB students cultivate a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to critically reflect, to develop research skills, to learn how to learn and to participate in community service.
  3. The IB program ensures that its programmes are accessible to students in a wide variety of schools—national, international, public and private—through our unique relationship with IB World Schools worldwide.

Find out more- visit the International Baccalaureate Website .



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International Baccalaureate Information

An IB Education is for Everyone

  • 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.

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate (IB) 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 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 who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


You can find  out more about IB's Mission by visiting their website under the About the IB tab located at the top right of the page.

Program of Inquiry

The program of inquiry is a framework used to development inquiry-based units for each grade. Both primary and middle level students explore six units of inquiry each year that last from 4-6 weeks.


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Learner Profiles

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.  They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.  Each of the IB's programmes is committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile.


The profile's aims to develop learners who are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

Each quarter, students are recognized at a school wide assembly for effectively demonstrating an IB Learner Profile.

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General Information

The IB offers four programmes for students aged 3 to 19. These programmes can be offered individually or as a continuum by IB World Schools.


  • The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students aged 3 to 12 started in 1997 and is now offered in 1,266 IB World Schools in 106 countries across the globe. (Offered at Hankey K-8)   To find out more about this programme, go to
  • The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16 started in 1994 and is now offered in 1,149 IB World Schools, in 101 countries. (Offered at Hankey K-8)  To find out more about this programme, go to
  • The Diploma Programme  (DP) for students aged 16 to 19,  started in 1968.  The DP is  now offered in 2,795 IB World Schools, in 143 countries. (Offered at San Clemente HS, San Juan Hills HS and Capo Valley HS)  To find out more about this programme, go to
  • The Career-related Programme (CP) for students aged 16-19 is IB's newest addition to the continuum.  The CP began in 2012 and is currently offered in 98 IB World Schools, in 16 countries.   To find out more about this programme, go to

Primary Years Programme PYP: Grades K-5

Elementary students’ learning is framed by six 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. These six units are transdisciplinary, meaning that they connect the curriculum, linking math, language arts, science, social studies, art, and even PE, together into a cohesive unit. Each theme takes 5-6 weeks to cover and promotes in-depth investigation, critical thinking, and student engagement, as children explore their schoolwork and their world through these themes.


Even in elementary school, learning is inquiry-based and student-driven. For example, to kick off their unit on sharing the planet, kindergartners sort through pictures of animals, birds, insects, and fish, and work together to develop and articulate criteria that they then use to categorize and classify the pictures. Instead of the teacher lecturing students about the qualities that differentiate each group, students are pushed to think critically, experiment, explore, and then explain their thought process. Additional enrichment activities integrated into the curriculum including 30 weeks of introductory Spanish; a weekly hour of P.E.; six sessions of Art Masters per year; a semester of Primary Music for grades K-3; and 80 minutes per week of instrumental and choral music for grades 4-5.


For more information about the PYP, please go to


Middle Year Programme: Grades 6-8

The middle school curriculum offered through the IB Middle Years Programme is balanced and broad, meaning that it incorporates a wide range of curricular areas.   At Hankey students in grades 6th-8th take eight subject areas (two more than the district norm); one period of Language Acquisition (Spanish)  and Physical and Health Education (PE) every other week, 15 hours of fine arts instruction each year in addition to instrumental music or music appreciation; and design, a problem-based curriculum unique to IB teaching students application of the design cycle and developing solutions for problems encountered in their world. The traditional core subject areas of Language and Literature (English),  Math, Science, and Individuals and Societies (social studies)  round out the middle schoolers' class schedules. In addition, all students begin their day (excluding Wednesdays, Hankey's early release day),  with a 15 minute advisement period known as SOAR (Spirit, Organization and Reflection).


As much as possible, Hankey's middle school  teachers endeavor to make learning conceptual...linking their curriculum to big ideas and universal concepts, forging connections to students' lives and the greater world as a means of deepening understanding. The Global Contexts, six themes that link back to those anchoring the Primary Years Programme, are employed in all subject areas to aid students in developing an understanding of their shared global responsibilities.  The six Global Contexts are identities and relationships, personal and cultural identity, orientations in space and time, scientific and technical innovation, fairness and development, and globalization and sustainability.


A key factor of the MYP is the shared responsibility all teachers have in helping our middle school students become independent leaners, who confidently taking risks and apply their skills and knowledge, even in new learning situations. This is done through the teaching and application of the MYP Approaches to learning (ATLs), focusing on the development of thinking, research, communication, social and self management  skills.


The final piece of the MYP that makes our IB programme unique is it's focus and value of service and action. All students are encouraged to apply their learning to the greater world, whether it is by caring for someone at home, in the school community, or beyond Hankey's walls.  Students who perform community service can keep track of their hours and if they meet their service requirements, are acknowledged as 8th graders at the annual 8th Grade Awards evening. For more detailed information about Hankey's Community Service requirements, please go to the Middle School Page.


For more information about IB's Middle Years Programme, please visit the IB website,


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