International Baccalaureate (IB)
Welcome to the FLA IB page. At FLA, we have been working since 2016 to implement the programmes of IB at our school. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is offered for grades K-5. We became an authorized PYP school in 2019. The Middle Years Programme is for Middle School students in Grades 6, 7 and 8. We are currently in the candidacy phase of implementation, with the goal of applying for authorization in the Fall of 2021. IB is a rigorous, inquiry approach to education. It focuses on developing students who have agency (voice, choice and ownership) in the classroom. This webpage is meant as a resource for families and community members to learn more about the IB programming at FLA. And if you have further questions, contact us at the school at (816) 418-6000.
Foreign Language Academy is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.
**Mission Statement from the IB
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Foreign Academy Language Mission Statement
Foreign Language Academy empowers students to be independent, lifelong learners who take initiative to solve local and global problems. Our community creates a multilingual learning environment which emphasizes inquiry, leadership and critical thinking.