IB Learner Profile

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile represents the translation of the IB Mission into a series of student learner outcomes. It is intended to serve as a common framework of educational aims and values which help define what the IB means by the phrase “international mindedness”—the attributes and descriptors of the Profile define what it means to be an “IB student” at any level, primary through secondary.

Washington International School embraces the principles articulated by the Learner Profile as an outline for what it means to be a “responsible and effective world citizen” as articulated in the School’s mission statement. IB learners strive to be:

Inquirers: They nurture their curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. They know how to learn independently and with others. They learn with enthusiasm and sustain their love of learning throughout life.

Knowledgeable: They develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. They engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers: They use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. They exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators: They express themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. They collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. They take responsibility for their actions and their consequences.

Open-minded: They critically appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. They seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect. They have a commitment to service, and they act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around them.

Risk-takers: They approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; they work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. They are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change

Balanced: They understand the importance of balancing different aspects of their lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for themselves and others. They recognize their interdependence with other people and with the world in which they live.

Reflective: They thoughtfully consider the world and their own ideas and experience. They work to understand their strengths and weaknesses in order to support their learning and personal development.

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