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International Baccalaureate (IB) World School

Since 2009, Kingsbury has been an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) gives our Kingsbury Kids a distinct advantage, both in continuing their remarkable record of acceptance into the high school that is their first choice, and in increasing their understanding and abilities to compete in this increasingly "flat" world.

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Within the model of PYP, students engage in conceptual approaches to curriculum and content. In grades K-4, units of inquiry are student-driven through an inquiry-based and collaborative approach to learning. Students are encouraged to ask questions, make authentic connections, discover through hands-on learning, and reflect on growth. In addition to this rigorous approach to curriculum, the students prepare to be life-long learners and develop a sense of international-mindedness through the Learner Profile attributes. Each month, a profile attribute is highlighted and celebrated among the student body.

September: Reflective
We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experiences. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal growth.

October: Caring
We show empathy, compassion, and respect. We have a commitment to the community, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

November: Open-minded
We appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as respect the values and traditions of others. We seek and consider a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience. We show tolerance when we listen to other people's ideas.

December: Balanced
We understand the importance of managing different aspects of our lives - personal, social, and physical - to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

January: Risk-takers
We approach uncertainty with confidence and determination. We work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and strategies. We are open-minded in the face of challenges and change.

February: Thinkers
We use critical and creative thinking skills to solve both simple and complex problems. Using integrity, we take responsible action to make good choices.

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

April: Knowledgeable
We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring ideas across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance. We respectfully and confidently share what we have learned.

May: Inquirers
We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We ask questions and know how to learn independently and cooperatively with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

June: Communicators
We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspective of other individuals and groups.

MYP Candidacy
Kingsbury Country Day School is a candidate school for the MYP. We are pursuing authorization as a MYP IB World School, so to provide our students with continual IB education and philosophies after our elementary PYP. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is import for our students.

IB Learner Profile

6 months ago

The aim of all IB Programs is to develop internationally minded people, who recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB learners strive to be: 

  • Inquirers- They 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 sustain throughout their lives. 

  • Knowledgeable- They 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- They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

  • Communicators- They 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- They 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- They understand and appreciate their own culture and personal histories, and are open to 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- They 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 in the lives of others and to the environment. 

  • Risk-takers- They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainly 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- They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

  • Reflective- They 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. 

Michigan Virtual Online Course Catalog
Students may also be eligible to take online courses through Michigan Virtual University. The course catalog can be accessed at