Programme of Inquiry

         
All IB schools focus on six transdisciplinary themes for the framework of their state and district curriculum.

These themes enable K-12 schools to incorporate local and global issues into the curriculum, allowing students to explore beyond the limits of learning within each subject area.  Teachers work with students to integrate grade-level content and make connections in their learning.  Within each theme, grade levels select the topics that best match their curricular goals. 

 

Who we are

Inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

 

Where we are in place and time

Inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the inter-connected nature of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

 

Sharing the planet

Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

 

How the world works

Inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

 

How we organize ourselves

Inquiry into the inter-connected nature of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

 

How we express ourselves

Inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

 

These K-12 themes help teachers  develop  investigations into important ideas, requiring a high level of involvement on the part of the students. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last for several weeks. Each theme is addressed each year by all students. 

 

Exhibition

Continued study of the six trans-disciplinary themes culminates in 5th grade, when students choose an area of interest to intensely research and create an action plan to bring about change in their community.  Fifth graders present an exhibition featuring their research and community actions to an audience of peers, parents, and community members.