The International Baccalaureate Organisation
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 IBO (International Baccalaureate Organisation) works with schools, governments and international organisations 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.
Treetops offers students the two year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for Years 11 and 12. Treetops has chosen the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme because of its student-centred, holistic and international approach to education. The IBO philosophy is closely aligned with that of the Montessori movement in general and Treetops in particular. The overall aim of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is to develop internationally minded people who, by recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world (International Baccalaureate learner profile booklet, 2006, p.5). Treetops Montessori School is already well known for its nurturing environment which supports the intellectual, social, physical, spiritual and emotional development of each of its students. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme therefore brings to Treetops exciting links with the international community.
The IBDP is, of course, more than just a university entrance qualification;
it is a preparation for life, and many successful International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students go on to something other than study at university.
Treetops has chosen to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma
as it’s core values and goals are in harmony with the Montessori philosophy, and we too embrace them as an IB World School.
• Both are based upon Method rather than Content.
• Both promote individual inquiry.
• Both promote social and community behaviour.
• Both promote children’s education for peace.
• Both are child-centred (rather than teacher-centred).
• Both set high expectations.
• Both believe in self-discipline and integral sense of purpose.
• Both have diversity leading to global perspectives.
• Both promote balance and harmony in the person.
• Both promote connections between presented separativities.
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Why IB and Montessori Together?
Montessori schools have been successfully educating students for more than a century, thriving in almost every corner of the globe. Educational fads come and go, but Montessori has endured—for a reason. Recent developments in neuroscience and education research have enforced what Montessori parents have long known: Montessori provides an ideal environment for students to learn. Moreover, as a national conversation on education reform continues, leaders have begun to take notice that Montessori principles transform education at the high school level as well.
By integrating the Montessori philosophy and the International Baccalaureate framework, Treetops creates an environment that places the child at the heart of the education. Our students feel positive about themselves, are involved with each other and have no ceiling on achievement. Here we have an education continuum that fosters curiosity, confidence and character. Everything we do – from early Montessori “Follow The Child” exploration to International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme interdisciplinary units like “Where We Are In Time And Place” – is built day by day upon the tenets of this proven curricula.
Students who pursue the IB Diploma take a two-year course sequence of classes in the following areas: Studies in Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies (including history, economics, and philosophy) Sciences, Mathematics, and The Arts. Additionally, they will participate in the three core requirements: the Extended Essay, the Theory of Knowledge course, and the Creativity, Action, Service program.
IB diplomas are highly regarded around the world. In a New York Times article, educational psychologist Howard Gardner noted that IB helps students ”think critically, synthesize knowledge, reflect on their own thought processes and get their feet wet in interdisciplinary thinking.” In this way, IB is a compelling complement to Montessori. Its global perspective and integration of international and social focus into every area of study is an easy fit. IB’s stated mission, “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect” matches what Montessori has been about for over 100 years.
The IB program contains three key elements: The Extended Essay, CAS (Creativity, Action, Service), and Theory of Knowledge.