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International Baccalaureate

St. Luke School’s teaching and learning is guided by the International Baccalaureate.

St. Luke has been an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School since February 2021. It was the first Catholic school in the Pacific Northwest authorized to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and IB Middle Years Programme (MYP).

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational organization that was founded in 1968. The IB provides a framework for education. It does not tell us what to teach. Instead, it guides how we teach. 

St. Luke's program is always under construction. It is designed and revised based on evolving educational research, practice, current students, and the needs of our future world.

We intentionally design and deliver curriculum through concepts, approaches to learning (ATL), transdisciplinary themes and Central Ideas (in the PYP), and Statement of Inquiry (in the MYP). This allows us to bring forward essential learnings and experiences for all of our students. We believe our students’ learning experiences must reflect the world in which they live.

The Inquiry Cycle

Cycle Chart of IB learnings

Each unit begins by assessing students’ prior knowledge of a central idea or statement of inquiry. Then the students formulate questions based on what they want to know about the topic. As shown in this diagram, those student questions start the inquiry that guides lessons. Teachers support the student-led inquiry with age-appropriate resources and activities to guide and structure the learning. It’s an approach that works at every grade level to provide challenges for every student.


IB is a Program, Not a Curriculum

People sometimes assume that IB dictates the school’s curriculum, but that is not the case. We determine the learning standards that our students work toward. For example, in religion classes, students work toward the standards set by the Archdiocese of Seattle. In science, we use the Next Generation Science Standards.  

IB does have some program requirements that impact curriculum. For example, acquiring a second language is a value for IB, so students all have the opportunity to learn Spanish, from preschool through grade 8. The IB also requires that MYP students experience both visual and performing arts. This happens in our MYP exploratory program. Each trimester students choose from among varied electives, including choir, visual arts, textile arts, coding, robotics and drama. In the second trimester, all of the MYP students help to put on a musical. Students fill all the roles, including acting, stage design, stage crew, technical crew and marketing. This year our performances will be off-site, which is an exciting opportunity for our community!


Additional Insight Into Each of the Programs

Expand the sections below to see how the IB program guides learning in the Primary Years Program (Preschool - 5th) and the Middle Years Program (6 - 8th).

IB Learner Profile

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. At the heart of the IB framework are the ten IB learner profile attributes.

The IB believes that if we graduate students that embody these attributes, we are graduating internationally minded individuals.

PYP IB Director| Meaghan Roach

Preschool - 5th Grade

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MYP IB Director| Kathi Hand

6th - 8th Grade

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IB at St. Luke!

See how the guiding principles unfold and how the lines of inquiry build throughout our school.