International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

International Baccalaureate (IB) 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 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.

Oak Park Middle Schools IB MYP Mission Statement


District 97's middle schools will establish and maintain a community of lifelong learners through a student-centered approach to study and inquiry that reflects a global perspective on education, focuses on the development of the whole child, and helps children reach their full potential.

What does IB look like at our middle schools?


Benefits of the IB MYP:

  • Curriculum grounded in real-world connections and themes
  • Increased opportunities for exploring multiple perspectives and interdisciplinary units
  • Learning aligned with international standards of excellence
  • Unique, sustained professional development opportunities for teachers with a focus on creative and inquiry-based instruction.

What was the timeline for becoming an IB school?




2015 and Beyond

Request for IB Candidacy

IB Candidate Status

IB Candidate Status

Fully Authorized IB Schools

  • Begin Professional Development
  • Ongoing Professional Development
  • Collaborate with IB Consultant
  • Ongoing Professional Development
  • Submit Authorization Application
  • Authorization Visit
  • Ongoing Professional Development
  • Re-Authorization/Consultant Visit every 5 years


The district is strongly committed to the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, and believes it will play a pivotal role in helping our students develop into 21st century learners. We will utilize the information and data collected during the middle schools’ authorization process to make a decision regarding the implementation of the Primary Years Program at our elementary schools.

The IB MYP does not replace the existing curriculum at Brooks and Julian, but rather enhance it and help foster greater creativity for both students and teachersIt also provides an “enrichment for all” approach to education in our district that helps us effectively meet or exceed the ever increasing expectations for student performance, addresses the need to lessen the variance between master teachers and those still striving to reach that status, and makes our schools even better.

What is the IB Learner Profile?


IB Policies

Academic Honesty Policy

Language Policy

Inclusion Policy

Assessment Policy

For additional information about the IB program, please visit