Overview

  • Since January 2017 Young Scholars of Central PA Charter School has been an authorized IB Middle Years Programme World School. Young Scholars is currently an IB Primary Years Programme Candidate World School.

  • IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision.

  • 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.

  • Young Scholars of Central PA CS offers an ideal setting for students to pursue the IB program. The administration and staff seek to support students in their pursuit of academic excellence, extra-curricular achievement, citizenship and most importantly personal growth.

  • Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programs: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programs, visit www.ibo.org. For more information contact Baris Yilmaz(MYP) yilmaz@yscp.org or Crystal Confer(PYP), confer@yscp.org.

The IB Learner Profile

  • At the heart of the IB is the “learner profile”, a long- term, holistic vision of education that underpins all three programmes and puts the student at the centre of everything we do.

  • The learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century. The ten aspirational qualities of the learner profile inspire and motivate the work of teachers, students and schools, providing a statement of the aims and values of the IB and a definition of what we mean by “international-mindedness”.

  • The learner profile unites us all with a common focus: on the whole person, as a lifelong learner. It applies to us all – student, teacher, parent or administrator – for we are all continually learning.

  • INQUIRERS
    Students develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

  • KNOWLEDGEABLE
    Students 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 and balanced range of disciplines.

  • THINKERS
    Students exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

  • COMMUNICATORS
    Students understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and  in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

  • PRINCIPLED
    Students act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

  • OPEN MINDED
    Students understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

  • CARING
    Students 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 and to the environment.

  • RISK-TAKERS
    Students approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

  • BALANCED
    Students understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

  • REFLECTIVE
    Students give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

What is the Primary Years Programme?

  • The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.

  • It nurtures and develops students aged 3 to 10 as caring, active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.

  • The PYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.

  • The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally.

  • The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.

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Why offer the PYP?

Research shows that students participating in the PYP:

  •  Learn how to think for themselves

  •  Take Responsibility for their own learning

  •  Learn how to demonstrate respect for themselves and others

  •  Develop international-mindedness by working with others for a shared purpose and taking positive action for change

  •  Learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world

What is the Middle Years Programme?

  • The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) emphasizes intellectual challenge.

  • It encourages students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life.

  • The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.

  • The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally.

  • The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.

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Why offer the MYP?

Research shows that students participating in the MYP:

  • Build confidence in managing their own learning

  • Learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world

  • Outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills

  • Consistently have greater success in IB Diploma Programme examinations

  • Thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel