IB Learner Profile
The IB learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.
The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of students and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.
They 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.
They 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.
They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
They 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.
They 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.
They 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.
They 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
They 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.
They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
They 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.
“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