International Baccalaureate

We delight in discovering God’s world. As we ask questions, we look to God and Scripture to gain wisdom, discern truth from error, and find created purpose and order.

We are literate with key knowledge and competent to learn more; we turn knowledge into wisdom as we apply our learning to solve real problems and participate in Christ’s restoration of the world.

We develop biblical thinking skills to determine what is true and ethical based upon the sure foundation of Christ and Scripture, not upon the shifting sands of culture and feelings.

We build trusting relationships with God and others through honest, humble,kind, and balanced communication. We learn to speak/write powerfully and beautifully with words and visuals.

We seek to live rightly, according to God’s Word, and have nothing to hide. When wrong, we confess and apologize. We treat others as more important than ourselves and try to live at peace with everyone.

We value all people as reflections of God’s mind/character/beauty. We seek to understand respect all. When we disagree, we engage conflict humbly and lovingly. Ultimately, we want minds open to/by/for Christ.

We go beyond ourselves and show Christ’s kindness to others -- laying our lives down for them. We sincerely care for people and also care about the work we do.

Grounded in Christ, we stand up for truth, protect others, pursue justice, and expose darkness in order to love our neighbors (locally and globally) as ourselves. We do not fear failure, but use it as an opportunity to learn.

We nurture our spiritual lives, making sure no created thing rules over us. We practice time management, rest, self control, and priority setting in line with the gifts God gives us. We seek healthy social lives and balance in every conversation.

We ask ongoing questions about who we are and what we do. We humbly invite feedback and lovingly offer pushback so that we and others might achieve our highest potential (in every area of life).


What is IB?
The International Baccalaureate is an international organization that provides a highly respected educational framework that unifies learning, instruction, and language. Beyond content, learners develop life-long skills across disciplines. IB has been adopted by nearly 4500 member schools in over 150 countries.

Why is MVC pursuing authorization as an IB school?
Parents, faculty, and students alike have expressed a desire to see a cohesive 6-12 educational program at MVC. We all agree we need a model that will propel our mission forward, keep Christ central, and unify our educational philosophy and pedagogy.

When do we anticipate authorization?
MVC anticipates official IB authorization in advance of the 2021-2022 school year. This would mean the Class of 2023 (current 9th Graders) would be the first MVC graduates with the option to pursue an IB diploma.

What would change at MVC if we became an IB school?
Faculty members would undergo extensive training and professional development to bring our entire curriculum into alignment with IB’s common language and goals. Course offerings would change somewhat, although specifics would be determined through the training and preparation process.

Is IB a Christian program?
Although IB is not faith-based, it aligns seamlessly with MVC’s Christ-centered mission. Though there are numerous Christian IB schools around the world, it is likely that MVC will be the first Christian school in the United States to offer IB for both middle and high schooler.

How do you combine IB and Christianity?
The ultimate goal of an IB education, described in the Learner Profile, is very much in line with the characteristics MVC has always endeavored to engender in our graduates. Though we value and pursue those traits with different motivation - ultimately, to honor God in all things - MVC is confident that our identity as a Christ-centered educational institution can not only survive but thrive within the IB framework.

Will high school students still be able to earn college credit through MVC coursework?
Yes. Colleges and universities grant credit for IB courses and interested MVC

What types of courses will be offered and changed?
The Middle Years Program (MYP) provides students in grades 6-10 an inquiry-based learning framework. Because MYP is not a curriculum, teacher training focuses on unified Approaches to Teaching (ATTs) and Approaches to Learning (ATLs) with the goal of skill-acquisition that facilitates content-acquisition. Eight core subjects are covered throughout the five years of the MYP, with the Personal Project as capstone in 10th grade.

What is a DP?
The Diploma Program (DP) provides students in grades 11-12 a set curriculum in which they are challenged to apply the inquiry skills developed in the MYP to an increasing level of content. While everyone in grades 11-12 will take DP courses, they will have the option to pursue Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL) versions, in addition to Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), and Extended Essay (EE). Students pursuing an IB diploma (as opposed to a standard MVC diploma) will take 3 HL & 3 SL courses (each worth between 1-7 points, depending on performance) and all three core courses (worth 1 point each) and earn at least 24 points (out of a possible 45) to achieve an IB diploma.

How does IB benefit my child before MVC gets authorized?
Over the course of the next two school years, MVC teachers will receive extensive professional development designed to equip them to implement the IB framework across their current curriculum. Students will benefit from the world-class educational practices their teachers will acquire, both in independent classrooms and across subjects as an ever-increasing degree of unity is achieved.

How will IB help my child get into a college/career of his/her choosing?
Institutions of higher education are seeking students who embody the IB Learner Profile. Due to its international reputation, colleges and universities recognize that students matriculating from IB programs as lifelong learners who adapt and thrive in new environments. Statistics show that acceptance rates for IB students is often double the standard acceptance rate at elite colleges like Stanford (15% for IB students/7% overall) and UC Berkeley (58% for IB students/26% overall).

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Still More Questions?

Below are some helpful links that can answer more questions and guide you through what it means to be an IB school.