About IB in DCPS

DCPS offers 10 IB Programmes for students in grades pre-K-12. DCPS IB students participate in an inquiry-based, globally-focused curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and student-led action. Students at all IB DCPS IB schools have a deepened focus on research and writing. IB students are required to engage in a capstone experiences at each level of the programme, elementary, middle, and high school which demonstrates critical thinking on a local, regional, or global issue. There are approximately 3,700 students in DCPS participating in an International Baccalaureate Programme. 

IB Capstones in DCPS  

Primary Years Programmes:  In grade 5, students are expected to complete a PYP Exhibition project which reflects students’ area of interest on a local, regional, or global issue. Students utilize five essential skills (research, communication, self-management, thinking, social) to present knowledge and action on the selected issue. 

Middle Years Programmes: In grade 8 (Community Project) and grade 10 (Personal Project), MYP students are expected to complete a student-centered, self-directed inquiry project which reflects students’ area of interest on a local, regional, or global issue. Students demonstrate skills, attitudes, and knowledge to complete a project over an extended period of time. Students align their work to the IB action cycle – Choose, Reflect, Act.  The MYP grading scale is used to develop a rubric and provide students a project grade. 

Diploma Programme: Students in the Diploma Programme (DP) are expected to complete a purposeful project which may require students to face a personal challenge, known as Creative, Service, Action (CAS) Project.  Projects should involve valuable “action” with a significant focus on outcomes. IB Diploma students must complete a CAS project in order to be eligible for a full IB diploma. 

IB Learner Profile in DCPS

In DCPS we recognize a broad range of skills and capacities beyond academics to develop globally responsible citizens. The IB Learner Profile supports this goal. All students engaged in all 3 IB programmes aim to develop these Learner Profile attributes:

  • Inquirers         
  • Knowledgeable              
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective 
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled