The IB Advantage (MYP and DP)
Some schools promise you the world.
Sacred Heart Academy will teach you how to change it.
Forward-thinking, future-looking and globally-focused, Sacred Heart Academy's International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is a comprehensive, inquiry-based approach to learning that benefits every classroom and every student. The IB approach focuses on a dynamic cycle of inquiry, action and reflection. These strategies are today's best practices in education.
The IB programme maintains high academic standards while emphasizing critical thinking and collaboration, arming students with the skills they need to be lifelong learners in a competitive, interconnected world. SHA aims to develop internationally-minded citizens and to educate the whole person through a comprehensive approach that empowers all students to become leaders by developing a principled, caring and knowledgeable response to the world around them.
IB classrooms are active, student-centered, inquiry-based environments where students are challenged to take academic risks to develop their research, writing and critical-thinking skills. SHA provides the ‘classroom of the future’ atmosphere needed for this collaborative learning approach. Through innovative, dedicated small group discussion rooms, interactive touch screen panels, flexible room arrangements and designated teamwork periods, SHA proves its commitment to the 21 century learning principles of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.
As IB Learners, we strive to be…
Students nurture their natural curiosity and develop a life-long love for learning.
Students explore knowledge across a range of disciplines and engage with issues of local, national and global significance.
Students learn to think critically and creatively in order to tackle complex problems.
Students understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively, including a second language. They work in collaboration with others.
Students are honest, fair and act with integrity. They take responsibility for their actions.
Students embrace other cultures, seeking to understand and appreciate the personal histories, values and traditions of others.
Students have a commitment to service and act with empathy, compassion and respect.
Students are brave when faced with challenges. They explore new ideas and innovative strategies and understand that failure is part of the learning.
Students understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being.
Students give thoughtful consideration to our own learning and experiences and are able to assess their strengths and limitations for greater personal development.
The idea of being in service to the world aligns with our Ursuline values of Community, Reverence, Service and Leadership. As IB Learners rooted in the legacy of a long Ursuline history of Catholic education, we are ready to change the world.