Clearpoint goes international

Anthony Abbondanza
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Pointe Claire elementary school officially part of the International Baccalaureate umbrella

IB students at Clearpoint elementary are becoming more internationally-minded with the school’s move toward offering globally-themed courses and principles.

In its effort to produce globally-minded students, Clearpoint elementary now has a recognized International Baccalaureate program (IB).

The Pointe Claire school announced last week it received the proper accreditation to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP).

“We’ve been living and breathing IB for a few years now…we’re trying to create internationally-minded students,” said Rachel Wilson, the school’s principal.

Wilson added the school transitioned to an IB curriculum a few years ago as it became a PYP candidate.

“We’re an IB school. We see the effects already,” she said.

The IB program is designed to have students see the world as a whole and places a special focus on 'ways of knowing,' (Sense perception, reasoning, language and emotion) and 'areas of knowledge' (natural science, social sciences, arts, mathematics, ethics, history and ethics).

Clearpoint  is the second primary school in the Lester B. Pearson School Board with the highly-coveted distinction; Lasalle’s Children’s World Academy is the other.

The idea for the IB program, which is recognized by the International Baccalaureate foundation, based in Geneva, Switzerland, was originally conceived four years ago when Sam Bruzzese was the school’s principal.

Clearpoint Elementary needed to develop a new curriculum that not only fit the foundation’s identity said Wilson, but also meet the requirements of Quebec’s Ministry of Education to receive accreditation.

“Sam Bruzzesse saw other schools who incorporated it and saw the benefits right away,” said Wilson, who continued to push for the change after Bruzzesse retired in 2013.

The IB program, said Wilson, is a “philosophy more than anything else;”one in which without the school’s community of supporters would never have become a reality.

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Organizations: International Baccalaureate foundation, The Pointe Claire school, IB school Lester B. Pearson School Board World Academy Ministry of Education

Geographic location: Pointe Claire, Geneva, Switzerland Quebec

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