International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Since 1996, Gulliver Preparatory School has been an IB World School and was the first private school in South Florida to be authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme.

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) Grades 6-8

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) began in the early 1990s as a means of addressing the cognitive and educational needs of middle school aged children in an international curriculum framework.

The program emphasizes communication, international mindedness and critical thinking through its eight core courses: Language and Literature (English), Language Acquisition (French, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese), Mathematics, Sciences, Individuals and Societies (Social Studies), Design and Technology, Physical and Health Education and the Arts (Performing or Visual Art).

These core subject areas are mandated in each year of the program for grades 6-8, and are taught in a framework which is driven by six global contexts: identities and relationships; orientation in space and time; personal and cultural expression; scientific and technical innovation; globalization and sustainability; and fairness and development.

In addition, students in grades 7-8 may take one elective course, thus benefiting from Gulliver's vast offerings of electives in those grades (i.e. Visual Arts, Band, String Orchestra, Chorus, Drama, Dance, Español, French, Spanish, Chess, Speech and Debate, Engineering and Journalism).

All 8th grade IBMYP students complete a yearlong independent Community Project which they present to the public upon completion. Service and community involvement are keystones of the International Baccalaureate philosophy.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Grades 11 and 12
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people grades 11 and 12 who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Please visit the IB Curriculum, IB Learner Profile, IB at Gulliver and University and College Recognition: Reasons to Consider IB pages to learn more about the diploma programme.

Click Here to view the official IB page.

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Jan Patterson
IB Diploma Coordinator

Juan Carlos Garcia
Middle School World Languages Chair and IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator

Hilda Sanchez
IB Administrative Assistant

IB In Their Own Words: IB Reflections

“One of the aspects I appreciate the most about IB is its awareness of each student’s academic preferences. By providing classes in both high and standard levels, each student is welcome to pursue courses that will further stimulate his or her interests in particular fields.” - Franco Zacharavsky ‘15

“What attracted me to the IB program and what I still like about the program is the style of the classes. By this I mean the manner in which the classes are not merely lectures and tests, but require in-depth analysis, culminating in a thesis that will then be rigorously proven and assessed.” - Dorothy Spector ‘15

“I like the fact that IB places importance on an individual’s opinions and in classes like TOK, for example, we can really express our own point of view without being limited or fearful about the feedback or response we might get.” - Rafael Akel Martins Da Rocha ‘15

“IB has taught me to balance outside-the-box thinking with logic: to be insightful without being ridiculous. It has also forced me to plan ahead in terms of completing work, while also teaching me how to get it done by the deadline no matter what other circumstances may occur.” - Allison Keller ‘15

“What I especially like about IB is its diversity, unity and flexibility. There is diversity not only through the people in my classes, who give extra insight from around the globe, but also within my studies. Although each class possesses its unique attributes, through TOK they are able to unite, and I value that I have the ability to make these connections since it has helped me develop and progress as a student.” - Remi Beek ‘15

“In IB I am able to learn about all aspects of the world and immerse myself in culture. Coming from a different country, I once feared that I would lose contact with the cultures I had once experienced, but IB has extended and enriched my understanding and interaction with people from global communities.” - Zara Biggs ‘15

“As an individual, IB has helped me be more focused and open minded about the cultures of the world and to beliefs different from mine. Through IB, I have met many people around the world, and I have been able to explore world issues in-depth.” - Valeria Buttaci ‘15

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