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International Baccalaureate Program

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP)

Grades 6-8

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) emphasizes communication, international mindedness, and critical thinking through its eight core courses, which are taught through six global contexts. The IB learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.

Eight Core Courses of the IB MYP

All eighth grade MYP students also complete a yearlong Independent Community Project.

  • Language and Literature (English)
  • Language Acquisition (French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese)
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Individuals and Societies (Social Studies)
  • Design and Technology
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Arts (Performing or Visual Arts)

Global Contexts

Core Themes of the IB MYP

  • Identities and Relationships
  • Orientation in Space and Time
  • Personal and Cultural Expression
  • Scientific and Technical Innovation
  • Globalization and Sustainability
  • Fairness and Development

The IB Learner Profile

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

Fast Facts about Gulliver’s 2019-20 MYP students


Year of MYP Authorization

2011

Total Number of MYP Students in Grades 6-8

217

Countries of Birth

11

Total Number of Languages Spoken

15

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Grades 11-12

Gulliver Preparatory School has been an IB World School since 1996 and was the first private school in South Florida to be authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme (DP).

The DP aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people in grades 11-12 who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The Gulliver IB Diploma Programme strives to create a learning community that challenges students to higher levels of thinking and performance. The interdisciplinary focus of the programme allows students to see connections and develop a shared mission, goal, and respect within a collaborative setting. The programme offers a world-class education in a private setting, where attention to the individual is paramount.

Over the last 20 testing sessions, Gulliver’s IB Diploma Programme boasts a 93% passing rate – a testament to Gulliver’s commitment to academic distinction.

Gulliver’s DP students emerge from the programme prepared for the rigors of college life with a genuine interest in global awareness, as well as 21st century skills and values for entry into the complex world.

The Dp Curriculum Is Comprised Of:

Six Subject Groups

  • Language and Literature (English)
  • Language Acquisition (Spanish, French, and Mandarin)
  • Individuals and Societies (Social Sciences)
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts

The DP Core

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Extended Essay
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

IB Reflections

In their Own Words

Franco Zacharavsky ‘15

“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 welcomed to pursue courses that will further stimulate his or her interests in particular fields.”

Dorothy Spector ‘15

“What attracted me to the IB programme and what I still like about the programme 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.”

Remi Beek ‘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.”

Mattie Owencroft ‘20

“My IB experience has shaped me in many ways. Not only have I made strong and meaningful relationships with other students that I will likely keep for the duration of my lifetime, but my academic abilities have also been positively impacted. I have become more of an independent learner by completing many challenging tasks such as the extended essay and numerous internal assessments. Due to the fact that my IB experience has been predominantly international, it has allowed me to develop into a thoughtful and open-minded young person. I have developed a love for learning about different cultures and this will forever be beneficial to my life.”

Chiara von Gerlach ‘20

“I will forever be grateful that I was able to be part of the IB community at Gulliver. Not only has it expanded my connections internationally but I have learned to think in new ways; techniques that are making me the critical thinker that I want to be throughout my life. The IB programme allowed me to continue my studies in Miami while feeling the global connection of education that I had back home in Europe. This principle of unity and diversity that IB exposed me to has continued to have a profound impact on my life.”

Laura Toubes ‘18

“As a senior, I see all that the IB programme has done for me. It has opened my eyes to so many more perspectives that I’ve never thought about before. I adapted a new work ethic, gained more confidence within myself, and am now able to write an essay much faster than before. Learning all of these different ways of thinking, I feel like I have a greater knowledge about the world and can not only understand the people around me more, but myself as well. The fear and anxiety I felt upon entering IB led to so many new opportunities, and I am grateful and relieved that I chose this programme.”

Tali Rupp ‘15

“Through the IB Programme I was able to participate in many community service events, physical activities, and artistic events which led to an amazing  experience for two years. This was most definitely a valuable part of the IB Programme. It requires much mental work making it a life-changing and eye-opening experience for me.”

Margaret Rodriguez ‘18

“The rigorous coursework has only been a small part of what I have received through IB. Through this programme I have been taught how to connect topics I have learned and develop a more holistic approach in my education. I have also met some of the most amazing people through IB – people of all backgrounds and cultures. Through IB I have fostered friendships that will continue on with me throughout life. My friends – coming from backgrounds like India, Brazil, Spain, and China – have taught me so much, and have made me more aware of the world around me.”

Ana Diaz Gessner ‘18

“I entered IB in the hopes of continuing my education with a worldwide focus, as I had done at my previous school in Belgium. I particularly was hoping to explore and enhance my language skills and gain skills useful for college. Throughout this long process, not only have my expectations been surpassed, but I have learned so much more than I expected.”

For more information about Gulliver’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, please contact Mrs. Jan Patterson, Programme Coordinator, at 305.666.7937 ext. 1415 or jpatterson@www.gulliverprep.org.

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