International Baccalaureate

McAuliffe Manual Middle School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School. 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 programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.*

International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes

Recognized around the world in both private and public schools, the IB supports the whole child development with an emphasis on international-mindedness, language learning, inquiry and learning how to learn. There are thousands of IB World Schools around the globe, with tens of thousands of educators teaching over a million students. These schools emphasize academic rigor and character development through delivery of a creative, research-based, learner-focused curriculum.

McAuliffe Manual teachers collaborate to develop and reflect upon a curriculum that adheres to the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) framework. Such a framework promotes a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected; one that stimulates students to make connections between their studies and the real world. Teachers use the MYP unit planning process to develop units that unpack important ideas through inquiry-driven activities.

The IB Learner Profile

The IB learner profile represents characteristics that are fundamental to the success of an IB learner. These traits are an essential support for the implementation of our school’s mission and they are embedded in the core of our school’s culture. We work to cultivate these ten characteristics within every person in our school community:

  • Open-minded
  • Thinker
  • Inquirer
  • Caring
  • Risk-taker
  • Balanced
  • Knowledgeable
  • Communicator
  • Principled
  • Reflective

We encourage our families to be involved by supporting their students at home in conversation that is aligned with our school’s IB learning approach. Please connect with your student’s teachers to learn more.

McAuliffe Manual’s IB candidacy

IB World Schools must first undergo an exhaustive authorization process, which includes a study of the school’s resources and commitment to the IB mission and philosophy. In addition, IB teachers participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities that take place both within their own school and also with other educators from around the world. These opportunities allow IB educators to not only update their knowledge, but also share their expertise with colleagues around the world.

As a candidate IB school, McAuliffe Manual is aligning our mission with that of the IB through the development of school policies and subject-specific unit plans. We are eager to submit our application for authorization next school year and become part of an organization that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! Read more about IB’s story and approaches to international education here.

MMMS IB Policies
  • MMMS Assessment Policy (grading): We believe assessment is ongoing. Teachers are continuously assessing what our students know, what skills they can do, and what concepts they understand, but we pause at intentional intervals in the learning process to deliver formative and summative assessments. Click here to read the criteria and rubric.
  • MYP Inclusion Policy
  • MYP Language Policy
  • MYP Academic Honesty Policy

Learn more

The links below take you to more detailed information about the IB and its MYP programme.


*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 Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

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