Pathway to IB


International Baccalaureate

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.


What is IB?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation that began in the late 1960’s, motivated by its mission, focusing on the student.  The IB program offers an international education that develops the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills needed to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world.  Schools must be authorized by the IB organization to offer the program.  The IB has a hard earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership, and student achievement.  Through the IB program, we are able to blend our Indiana State Academic Standards with the IB framework to create the best learning environment possible.


Primary Years Program (PYP)

The PYP is a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning designed for children ages 3-12.  The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them.  It focuses on the development of the whole child.  At James R. Watson, we use an inquiry approach to engage students in their learning.