What is an IB Education at Odyssey?

The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International studies is proud to share that we are have been accredited as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program since 2013 and we were fully authorized as a IB Diploma Program in January of 2015. Currently, The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies is the only school in the state of Arizona offering the full Middle Years Programme for all scholars in the 6th through the 10th grades. We are the fourth school in the state of Arizona offering both the Middle Years Programme and the Diploma Programme.  This allows the Odyssey Institute Jr. High and High School to offer a seamless continuum of learning in which scholars develop critical skills and build on content knowledge from year to year.  This combination of skills and content acquisition prepare our scholars to be problem solvers and leaders.

The Odyssey Institute was established in August of 2009 with a vision of “providing a safe and secure environment where all children are given the opportunity to discover and use their talents to make a positive impact on their community and the world. Through the use of innovative curriculum and technology, students at Odyssey would be prepared to lead in the ever-changing global market place.”  Our founders quickly discovered the perfect program to compliment this vision.  The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program was designed to create internationally minded scholars who exemplify the traits listed in the IB learner profile.  The IB program provides them rigorous academic challenges and life skills that result in preparing them to be members of their dynamic and changing local community and world.

The IB Mission and Goals Include:

  • Encouraging international-mindedness in students, starting with a foundation in their own language and culture.
  • Placing a premium on holistic interdisciplinary learning. The education of the whole child is critical as is allowing scholars to see connections between content areas.
  • Encouraging a positive attitude toward learning by challenging students to solve problems, show creativity, resourcefulness, and participate actively in their communities.
  • Reflecting real life by providing a framework that allows students to see connections among subjects, and between the subjects and real issues.
  • Supporting the development of communication skills to encourage inquiry, understanding, language acquisition, and to allow student reflection and expression.
  • Emphasizing, through the learner profile, the development of the whole student—physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically.

Why IB?

The Odyssey Institute MYP and DP Programs offer scholars learning experiences that build from year to year.  Scholars are able to develop their own understanding of their world and community through real-world learning experiences.  Above all, IB creates an environment in which teachers and scholars are partners in learning.  Learning requires a continual cycle of instruction, practice, assessment, reflection, and revision.  This helps scholars to understand both how they learn best and the relevance of what they are learning.

IB in the News

A study links participation in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to college success among Chicago Public School students.

The IB students interviewed felt they were academically well-prepared to engage and succeed in college coursework and described strong analytical writing and math preparation, motivation, work habits, organization and time management as strengths. To read more about the report’s findings, click here.

There a five key components to an IB Education:

A Continuum of Learning

Authentic Learning

International Mindedness

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