Peoria Academy has submitted its application to become an International Baccalaureate World School and will be implementing the IB Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme during the coming months. It is our intention to begin operating as an IB Candidate School in August 2021.
This process represents a significant investment in the quality of our program and the opportunity presented by a Peoria Academy education. The school will remain a vibrant program where teachers know their students well and where children learn and grow not just academically, but socially, athletically, and artistically as well. Peoria Academy intends to remain a member of the Independent School Association of the Central States as well.
We believe that becoming part of the IB network represents the very best way to serve our students and families in fulfilling our mission. And we believe that this important milestone in the life of Peoria Academy’s development further solidifies our school’s reputation as providing the highest quality education for elementary and middle school students in the Peoria area.
We are confident that the IB programs will enhance students’ experiences and outcomes, and that our partnership with the IB will enrich the Peoria Academy experience for students, parents, and faculty alike.
Students in PK-5th grade will participate in the Primary Years Programme, and students in 6th through 8th grades will participate in the Middle Years Programme. Both programs are characterized by concept-based units of inquiry, project-based assessments, character education and skill development, community service, and global mindedness. The programs also prepare students well for the IB Diploma Programme offered by secondary schools.
Research supports not only the value of the rich experiences students have in IB programmes, but also the benefits of a PYP/MYP education for secondary school, universities and post-secondary outcomes.
We look forward to furthering these conversations on international-mindedness in education. The process of becoming an International Baccalaureate World School will be undertaken over the course of the next 24-36 months, culminating in hosting a visiting team representing IB schools around the world.