IB World School
At the Jyväskylän Lyseo Upper Secondary School, it is possible to complete a distinguished International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB), which provides international qualification for further studies. The Diploma is recognized by universities worldwide.
The IB Diploma Programme is a secondary education programme for students aged between 16 and 19. Apart from the native language and foreign languages, teaching takes place in English.
In the Finnish IB schools the IB Diploma Programme consists of three academic years: preparatory year and two actual International Baccalaureate years. The students are exposed to the two great traditions of learning: the humanities and the sciences.
The programme is administered by The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) which is a non-profit educational foundation based in Switzerland, Geneva. It is a private, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council of Europe and has consultative status with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
In each IB school, there is an IB faculty, which consists of an IB Coordinator and IB teachers for fulfilling the requirements of the IB Programme.
IBO Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate Organization 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 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.
IB learner profile
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
IB learners strive to be:
Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conductinquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Knowledgeable 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.
Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
Communicators 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.
Principled 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.
Open-minded 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.
Caring 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.
Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
Reflective 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.