South Side High School International Baccalaureate

-The Learner Profile
The International Baccalaureate Programme focuses on the development of the whole person through an international perspective.  The IB Learner Profile embodies the traits students strive for as part of an IB program. IB learners strive to be:
 
INQUIRERS-Students develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

KNOWLEDGEABLE-Students explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
 
THINKERS-Students exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
 
COMMUNICATORS-Students understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and  in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
 
PRINCIPLED-Students act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

OPEN MINDED-Students understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

CARING-Students show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

RISK-TAKERS-Students approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

BALANCED-Students understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

REFLECTIVE-Students give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.