International Baccalaureate (IB)
Franklin Academy understands the value of offering its students a well-rounded educational experience that is rooted in experiential learning, while providing an environment of rigor and exposure to the world in which they live. At Franklin Academy, we believe that empowering our students with tools that allow them to out-perform their peers further cements our commitment to their academic, social and emotional growth. The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an international program offered on various levels. Depending on the Franklin Academy campus you attend, distinct IB Programmes may be offered. Franklin Academy has chosen to offer the IB because it offers something different. Alongside the required state curricula, we offer the IB. The International Baccalaureate programmes are different from other curricula because they encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions, develop independently of government and national systems further providing a more global context for Franklin Academy students, and finally, they develop multilingual students.
Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Franklin Academy
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), for Franklin Academy students in Grades K-5 is designed as an inclusive, whole-school program by the International Baccalaureate (IB). Franklin Academy’s Boynton Beach campus along with Franklin Academy’s Palm Beach Gardens campus offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Both of Franklin Academy's Palm Beach campuses began offering the PYP in 2017. The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.
Why the Primary Years Programme?
Parents who want the best possible education for their children choose the PYP because of the way the PYP invigorates learning and teaching, and transforms the school community and culture. The aim of Franklin Academy’s involvement as an IB World school is to continue promoting the academic, social and emotional wellbeing of its students, to focus on international‐mindedness and to instill strong personal values. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.
The programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them. The themes include ‘who we are’, ‘where we are in place and time’ and ‘how the world works’.
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Middle Years Programme (MYP) at Franklin Academy
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), for students in Grades 6‐8 in Cooper City, Pembroke Pines K-8, Sunrise (as IB World Schools) and Palm Beach Gardens (as a candidate school) and Grades 6-10 at our Pembroke Pines K-12 campus is designed as an inclusive, whole‐school program by the International Baccalaureate (IB). Franklin Academy implements this elite program and ensures that students are prepared to take on the rigor of high school coursework. Students who are eligible for the Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12 are well-equipped with the skills necessary to succeed and compete with their counterparts across the globe. The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is offered in over 3,700 schools in 147 countries across the globe
Why the Middle Years Programme?
Parents who want the best possible education for their children choose the MYP because it includes:
- Rigorous learning objectives
- A student‐centered approach to teaching
- International perspectives
- Concern for the whole child
- Sustained teaching and learning in more than one language
- A focus on learning how to learn
- The development of flexible thinking that prepares students to evaluate information critically and apply knowledge in complex, unfamiliar situations
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Diploma Programme (DP) at Franklin Academy
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), for Franklin Academy students is designed for juniors and seniors who are ready for college level work and want to be ahead of the curve. The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising Theory of Knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service and the Extended Essay. Through the DP core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service. The DP is well-known throughout the world for the high quality of the coursework it offers. The strength of the IB curriculum, as well as the extensive training that IB teachers and school administrators are required to undergo, help the program to maintain this high standard. The respect that the DP enjoys means that no matter where you go, colleges will understand and positively view the effort you’ve put into earning your IB diploma. College admissions officers in particular will be familiar with the program’s reputation, making an IB diploma an excellent way of demonstrating your academic prowess.
Who should consider the Diploma Programme?
Parents who want the best possible education for their children choose the DP for its academically challenging and balanced programme of education. It addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well‐being of students, and is respected by universities across the globe. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is an internationally recognized, rigorously academic curriculum for self‐motivated and achievement oriented students. Because the IB Diploma Programme offers a comprehensive and systematic education of the whole person, it is widely regarded as the most challenging college preparatory program in the world. The IB Diploma Programme is a two year curriculum in which eleventh and twelfth grade students take courses and examinations from the six groups of the IB curriculum. Successful performance on the IB examinations may enable students to receive college credits for work completed in high school. Since the IB examinations require high levels of achievement and preparation, students should enroll in preparatory courses prior to the eleventh grade. At Franklin Academy, students in grades 6‐10 are automatically enrolled in the Middle Years Programme (MYP) which enables the rigor of the programme to be met with familiarity for those who wish to take the path toward the Diploma Programme.
A student who is successful in the program should be...
- excited and enthusiastic about learning
- intellectually inquisitive and creative
- self‐motivated, mature, and self‐disciplined
- seeking high academic challenges
- respectful of the views and traditions of other cultures
- confident in exploring new ideas
- fluent in written and oral communication
- an independent, critical thinker
- supported and encouraged by parents/guardians
- performing well academically
- an exemplary student in both attendance and discipline
- a risk taker and goal oriented
- personally committed to school and community activities
- an efficient time manager
- applying to a major college or university
- proficient in math
- developing strong study habits and organizational skills
- an avid reader
- desiring to explore intellectual activities with students having similar interests
Requirements for admission into the Diploma Programme
- Student AND Parent/Guardian must sign the DP application and commitment form prior to review of all documents
- Student must demonstrate proficiency on standardized assessments on previous year’s state exams
- Student must submit a writing sample which must accompany the DP application. Instructions are included in the DP application
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General IB Information
Why should parents choose Franklin Academy for its IB Programme?
- To build confidence in managing their own learning
- To learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world
- To outperform non‐IB students in critical academic skills
- To thrive in positive school cultures where they are engaged and motivated to excel
- To develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.
Learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB)
What is an IB Education?
What is the Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum?
What is the Middle Years Programme (MYP) curriculum?
What is the Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum?