Introduction to IB

The International Baccalaureate program isn’t a set of lessons or rules; it’s an educational philosophy centered around the goal of helping children become active, caring, lifelong learners who respect themselves and others. Our students are critical thinkers, questioners, and problem solvers who are active in their community and the larger world around them. 

Students leave Channing Hall well-prepared for the academic challenges of high school and college. In fact, students who continue on and graduate with an IB Diploma from high school are often able to enter college with up to two years of college credit, 130 hours or more of community service, and a reputation for excellence.

IB is different because it:

  • Helps students “learn how to learn” by teaching them to:
    • ask challenging questions
    • think critically
    • develop research skills proven to help in higher education
  • Incorporates the best educational practices used in classrooms around the country and the world.
  • Encourages students to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond academic study.
  • Offers instruction in a second language beginning in first grade.
  • Focuses on developing the “whole child” with individualized instruction, not one-size-fits-all, memorize-and-drill methodologies.
  • Helps students develop strong academic, social, and emotional skills. IB students often perform better academically than children in other programs.

Becoming an IB Learner

The IB program has outlined a list of abilities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success to define what it means to be an "IB Learner." We strive to help our students become:

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

Read more about the IB Learner Profile here. 

Learn more about IB in the elementary school years and the middle school years