Like all Uplift schools, Williams Preparatory will work to become authorized as an International Baccalaureate school. Williams Preparatory Middle School is authorized to deliver the Middle Years Programme. The middle school received their authorization in May 2012. Williams Preparatory Primary School is an IB Candidate School. The primary school hopes to become an authorized IB World School by September 2013. Our Irving sister-school, North Hills Preparatory, is one of only 21 schools in the Americas to be authorized for all three levels of the IB program - the Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP).
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit foundation established in 1968, providing an international curriculum standard for three challenging programs: the Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP), and Diploma Program (DP). As of 2010, there are over 3,040 schools offering at least one of the IB programs in 139 countries around the world.
The Primary, Middle Years, and Diploma programs form a coherent sequence of education by promoting the education of the whole person through an emphasis on intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth. In all three programs, the education of the whole person is manifested through all domains of knowledge, involving the major traditions of learning in languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics and the arts. Furthermore, all three programs:
- Require study across a broad range of subjects drawing on content from educational cultures across the world
- Give special emphasis to language acquisition and development
- Encourage learning across disciplines Focus on developing the skills of learning
- Include, to a varying extent, the study of individual subjects and of transdisciplinary areas
- Provide students with opportunities for individual and collaborative planning and research
- Include a community service component requiring action and reflection.
IB Learner Profile
IB learners strive to be:
The International Baccalaureate chooses to define "international education" according to the following criteria.
- Developing citizens of the world in relation to culture, language and learning to live together
- Building and reinforcing students’ sense of identity and cultural awareness
- Fostering students’ recognition and development of universal human values
- Stimulating curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning
- Equipping students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively, and to apply these skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas
- Providing international content while responding to local requirements and interests
- Encouraging diversity and flexibility in teaching methods
- Providing appropriate forms of assessment and international benchmarking