International Baccalaureate Philosophy

Pulaski International School of Chicago is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme IB World School and a candidate school* for the Middle Years Programme pursuing authorization in that area as well.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision.

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

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What is the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)?

It is a non‐profit educational foundation established in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. The IBO offers three programmes of international education for students aged 3‐19 years old:

  • The Diploma Programme at the high school level for grades 9‐12.
  • The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students 11‐16 years old.
  • The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students 3-12 years old.

Currently there are 651,000 IB students and 2,390 authorized schools in 129 countries.

The IBO provides curriculum and assessment development, teacher education, information sessions, electronic networking and other educational services to IB schools.

Pulaski's IB Newsletters

Citizens who are responsible, active participants in the world in relation to culture, language and learning to live together. Pulaski International School of Chicago provides students with rich opportunities to learn about world issues and to get involved in activities that encourage responsible citizenship. Students at IB schools display the characteristics of the learner profile shown below. The attributes of the learner profile express the values inherent to the IB continuum of international education and is infused in all three IB programmes. The learner profile inspires, motivates and focuses the work of schools and teachers and unites them in a common purpose:  recognizing a universal humanity and shared guardianship of the planet and helping to create a better and more peaceful world. At Pulaski the learning environment fosters students as they learn to be:

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

Differentiated and educational materials and diversified approaches based on scientific research is recognized in schools worldwide as being most effective in meeting the needs of students from a varied range of backgrounds and abilities. Additionally, assessment is integral to all teaching and learning. How will we know what we have learned?

The assessed curriculum provides appropriate forms of assessment and benchmarking to make informed, data-driven instructional decisions that are engaging, challenging and significant within the framework for international education.


Inquiry comes from an interest and curiosity about the world. The integrated IB curriculum encourages children to actively engage in their learning  by questioning, exploring, practicing, manipulating, and responding while moving to a new, deeper level of understanding.

Service-Oriented/Second Language

Students apply their learning through service to others in their school, community, and world. In addition, while receiving support to continue developing their home language, all IB students are instructed in an additional language different from their home language in order to deepen their awareness of, and appreciation for, other cultures. At Pulaski all students deepen their international-mindedness by learning Spanish as a second language. Spanish instruction is part of the curriculum beginning in kindergarten and continuing through eighth grade. (Adapted from

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Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and who have the capacity to participate in the world around them. The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.

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Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the world outside the classroom.

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PYP General Regulations

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