IB Mission Statement
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 programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
GHS Mission Statement
The mission of Germantown High School is to educate all students in a supportive, challenging, and disciplined environment to become lifelong learners who are a credit to themselves and society.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is a rigorous, international K-12 curriculum. IB is a worldwide symbol of academic integrity and intellectual promise. The student who satisfies its demands demonstrates a strong commitment to learning both in terms of the mastery of subject content and in the development of the skills and discipline necessary for success in a competitive world.
The International Baccalaureate Program is found around the world in 4,267 schools with over 1 million students. The IB program at GHS is a two-year, integrated set of academic courses designed for 11th and 12th graders. Besides being the preeminent college preparatory program in the world, IB actively promotes international understanding in all of its courses.
The IB curriculum provides a cohesive and comprehensive liberal arts and sciences program of study for highly motivated juniors and seniors of different educational backgrounds, abilities, and interests. It is not just a set of examinations, but a rigorous pre-university program, which will provide the basis for life-long education. IB aims to provide a balanced program, which stimulates thought and creativity and enhances the international perspective of students. Students who satisfy the demands of the program demonstrate a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of mastery of content and the development of skills.
The IB Program enjoys an exceptionally good relationship with universities abroad and within the United States. Many of the most competitive United States universities grant advanced standing for students with the IB Diploma and those students are being recruited due to their excellent academic preparation and study skills.
IB Learner Profile
The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
IB learners strive to be:
Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity and acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research. They show independence in learning and actively enjoy learning.
Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad range of disciplines.
Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities.
Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.
Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others.
Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies.
Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal goals for themselves and others.
Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience.