Life in the 21st century, in an interconnected, globalized world, requires critical-thinking skills and a sense of international-mindedness, something that IB students learn and understand. IB provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand connections between traditional subjects and the real world, to become critical and reflective thinkers and understand their place as global citizens. Students are required to study their native language, a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. Van Sickle students will leave the school in 8th grade well positioned to take advantage of advanced communication tools and rigorous academic courses — both AP and IB — in high school.
To support the global aspects of the IB work, Van Sickle, through the support of Magnet funds, will become a hub of 21st Century Global Communications through the use of advanced technologies.
Equipped with truly cutting edge tools, students will participate in webinars with their IB peers from around the world to study first hand the similarities and differences in cultures. VSMS will embrace the use of hand-held devices and mobile technologies to bridge the divide that frequently exists between school and home for this tech-savvy generation. Students will have opportunities to participate in podcasts and Skype across continents, develop digital portfolios of their learning experiences and leave prepared to succeed in high school, post-secondary education and the world beyond.