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Approaches to Learning

One of the threads that connect all three programs in the IB are the Approaches to Learning (ATL) Skills, a set of skills that students need as they prepare for a world where 65% of current students will have a job that doesn’t exist yet. (World Economic Forum). The three top skills that our students will need are complex problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity (World Economic Forum). These skills are more valued by future employers than basic academic skills gained in schools. To make sure our students master these skills, we have oriented our curriculum around the IB’s ATL Skills. There are five groups of ATL Skills in the IB:

  • Communication skills
  • Social skills
  • Self-management skills
  • Research skills
  • Thinking skills

These skills are carefully aligned across all subjects and grade levels, from prekindergarten to 12th grade. The help drives our students to become proficient in the areas they need to become truly successful in the 21st-century work environment. (Source)