Together we can

Offering the world-renowned International Baccalaureate Diploma

The International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) challenges students to examine their learning from a wide variety of perspectives using the various characteristics of the IB Learner Profile. With such a diverse student community, our students naturally bring varied viewpoints to classroom conversations and beyond. The IB programmes in the School District of Lancaster embraces an international mindedness that extends beyond our classroom doors into the greater Lancaster city community.

The School District of Lancaster is proud to offer the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programe (CP) at the McCaskey Campus. The high school and all five middle schools are candidates for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) 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 programs of international education that share a powerful vision.

IB Learner Profile

Each of the IB's programmes is committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile. The profile aims to develop learners who are:

Inquirers

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

Knowledgeable

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

Thinkers

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators

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

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.

Open-Minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring

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

Risk-Takers

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

IB Diploma Programme

The Diploma Programme is considered the most rigorous curricula in the world thus making the McCaskey Campus the pinnacle for learning in SDoL. College credit is awarded to students who perform extraordinarily on examinations that are scored internationally. McCaskey awards upwards of 40 IB Diplomas annually.

In all, the campus offers more than 30 IB courses open to any high school student.

Browse IB Diploma Programme Courses offered at the McCaskey Campus

SL = Standard Level course is offered only 1 year

HL = Higher Level course is offered over 2 years

English SL/HL

Spanish SL / HL

French SL / HL

German SL/ HL

Biology SL/ HL

Physics SL / HL

Chemistry SL/HL

Environmental Systems and Societies SL

Computer Science SL

Sports, Exercise, and Health Science SL

History SL / HL

World Religions SL

Economics SL

Psychology SL

Business Management SL

Global Politics SL

Theatre SL / HL

Visual Arts SL / HL

Music SL/HL

Mathematics SL

Math Studies SL

Theory of Knowledge

IB Career-Related Programme

The IB Career-related Programme prepares students for the workforce by using the fundamentals of the IB Programme’s philosophy. Being collaborative, a critical thinker, and resilient are some of the characteristics that are reflective in our CP students. Students who receive this certificate are able to earn college credits that will help them complete their degree / certificate at vocational schools.

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IB Middle Years Programme

IB MYP is an educational framework that will be implemented in grades 6-10 in SDoL. The foundation of MYP is to create solid relationships for students, so they can excel in their academic studies and apply how those studies reflect real world applications. IB MYP allows students to interact with their community and allows students to give back via the Community Project; this project will be completed in grade 8 and the Reflective Project will be completed in grade 10. Allowing students to be risk-takers, effective communicators, and having an open-mind are characteristics that shape the IB MYP.

Hand, Lincoln, Reynolds and Wheatland Middle Schools, E.R. Martin School and the McCaskey Campus are candidates for the IB Middle Years Programme and pursuing authorization as IB World Schools.