JMS International Baccalaureate Programme

Joe Michell School IB Policies

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Learn how MYP learners connect their studies to real life


Joe Michell IB Parent Information Brochure

To view and download our Joe Michell IB Information Sheet, please click here (for English) or here (for Spanish).

About IBĀ®

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student.

The four programmes IB has for students aged 3 to 19 has helped develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.  Founded in 1968, they currently work with 3,484 schools in 144 countries to develop and offer four challenging programmes to over 1,057,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.

The IB Mission Statement

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. To this end the organization 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.

Learner Profile Traits of the month

Each month, we recognize students who display the attributes of international-mindedness.  Students will be celebrated at our monthly flag-pole assemblies in the week following each assigned month:

August: Caring

September: Open-minded

October: Principled

November: Inquirers

December: Communicators

January: Thinkers

February: Risk-takers

March: Knowledgeable

April: Balanced

May: Reflective


In the summer of 2015, Joe Michell TK-8 School was authorized to be an International Baccalaureate World School.  We offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for the TK through 5th grades, and the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) for the 6th through 8th grades.

The IB represents a combination of wide-ranging research and experience – best practice derived from a variety of public and independent schools from around the world. The philosophy is that student learning is best done when it is authentic – relevant to the “real” world; and transdisciplinary, which means that the learning is not confined within the boundaries of traditional subject areas but is supported and enriched by them.

Did you know that...

Joe Michell families come from over 45 different locations throughout California28 different states (and Washington DC), and at least 37 different countries plus one US Territory — Guam!


PYP Programme of Inquiry (coming soon)

MYP Subject Group Overviews (coming soon)