SIA- The IB® Way

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In a world that demands creativity, critical thinking, and empathy, the International Baccalaureate (IB)® program at Strelitz International Academy (SIA) offers a holistic education. For parents seeking to foster academic excellence, character development, and global citizenship in their children, the IB® Primary Years Programme (PYP) at SIA is an excellent choice!

At the heart of IB® education is encouraging students to inquire and explore their natural curiosity. Rather than simply absorbing information, SIA IB® students are empowered to question, investigate, and seek answers. This fosters a love for learning that extends beyond the classroom and into all aspects of life. In SIA’s nurturing, collaborative environment, creativity flourishes, with students encouraged to think outside the box and explore innovative solutions to real-world problems.

In the IB® PYP at SIA, students learn academic subjects and develop essential communication skills. They are taught to express themselves effectively, including through multiple languages. At SIA, our students learn Hebrew starting in Kindergarten. This emphasis on communication enhances academic achievement and equips students with the ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds, fostering understanding and empathy.

IB® education goes beyond rote learning; it cultivates critical thinking and a global mindset. SIA students are encouraged to consider multiple perspectives, challenging their assumptions and broadening their worldviews. By engaging in rigorous inquiry and exploration, IB® students develop a deeper understanding of complex issues and learn to approach problems creatively and open-mindedly.

One of the hallmarks of IB® education is the emphasis on action. At the end of each unit of inquiry, students are challenged to apply their learning to real-life situations and take action to positively impact their community. Through action projects, SIA IB® students learn that they have the power to effect change and contribute meaningfully to society, instilling in them a sense of agency and responsibility.

IB® education involves the entire Strelitz school community in a shared mission of fostering compassion, kindness, and empathy. By celebrating our common humanity and embracing diversity, SIA creates an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and supported. This is rooted in the belief that education can build a better and more peaceful world—a principle embodied in the concept of “tikkun olam,” repairing the world. 

Central to IB® education is developing the ten learner profile traits, encompassing attributes such as being principled, reflective, and caring. Through intentional teaching and modeling of these traits, SIA instills in students the values and virtues essential for success in both academic and personal endeavors. By nurturing character alongside intellect, the IB® PYP at SIA prepares our students for academic achievement and a life of purpose and fulfillment.

Discover the unique benefits of the IB® Primary Years Programme for your child by booking a free tour with Strelitz International Academy. Contact at 757.424.4327 or email at csimon@strelitzacademy.org.

 

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