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The IB Mission:

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

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The Roberto Clemente Vision:

We, the RCMS community, inspire a passion in each child by facilitating collaboration and risk taking in authentic learning experiences through purposeful planning of excellent learning opportunities.We collaborate to embrace our common responsibility to develop open-minded, caring citizens who learn through multiple cultural perspectives.As a result, we will become a successful community of lifelong learners who inspire global change through inquiry and action.

About the IB at RCMS:

Roberto Clemente Middle School is a candidate school* for the Middle Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Roberto Clemente Middle School believes is important for our students. *Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit
This is an opportunity to continue the excellence seen within the walls of Roberto Clemente Middle School while implementing a conceptual and global approach to teaching and learning. The application for IB candidacy was submitted on April 1, 2014. We will spend the 2014-2015 school year continuing to investigate the International Baccalaureate philosophy through professional development and instructional implementation. The staff and students of Roberto Clemente Middle School will be fully prepared to apply for International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme authorization on October 1, 2016.

As we continue to implement the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Programme, we will need to shift how we plan and deliver instruction to students. Teachers will continue to plan collaboratively, and we will focus on cross-curricular concepts and units. We will focus on educating the whole child through the implementation of the learner profiles and increasing international mindedness. We will continue to plan for opportunities for students to research topics; students will take ownership of their learning by inquiring into topics of interest. We will continue to engage in International Baccalaureate professional development embedded throughout the school day.

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What is so special about IB programmes?

  • IB programmes are recognized around the world and ensure an increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.
  • The curriculum and pedagogy of IB programmes focus on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language.
  • IB World Schools must undergo an exhaustive authorization process in order to offer one or more of the programmes, which includes a study of the school’s resources and commitment to the IB mission and philosophy.
  • IB teachers participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.
  • Many students graduating from the Diploma Programme find that it enhances their opportunities at tertiary institutions. The IB works closely with universities around the world to gain recognition for IB programmes.

Upcoming Dates:

  • December 15th: Journey Through Africa: Exploring Cultures (7th Grade)
  • March 16th: Passport Through China (6th grade)
  • June 1st: Maryland: Then and Now (8th grade)

Volunteering Opportunities:

During any of the dates above, MYP Steering Committee, or Planning Events

Contact Elizabeth Gall for additional opportunities!

Elizabeth K. Gall
Middle Years Program Coordinator
Roberto Clemente Middle School

Phone: 301-284-4750
Fax: 301-601-0370