International Baccalaureate Organization

With our commitment to producing engaged global citizens, we’ve adopted a learning program that takes a global approach to understand big ideas across disciplines.

The International Baccalaureate program establishes a global view of learning for students that emphasizes asking questions and searching for answers. It’s less about taking notes and more about asking questions. Students discover answers as well as new questions by working on individual and group projects with teacher facilitation to discover solutions. It’s an invigorating academic way of learning that requires initiative, organization, and perseverance, and results in students who feel comfortable being the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

As an IB authorized school, Daystar Academy is committed to helping our students understand the philosophical underpinning of knowledge through the guidance of hands-on educators who engage each student through topics of study that hone their passions and an understanding of the world around them.

Why IB At Daystar?

Daystar’s mission is to empower our students to positively impact the word through a faith-based, culturally-engaged, globally-minded education. IB provides a framework for learning that challenges students to think globally and pursue solutions for problems they encounter. Daystar students are taught to view the world and their part in it through the lens of God’s truth.

Daystar’s vision is to transform Chicago and the world by educating our students to live out the values of the kingdom of God. As we launch Daystar’s high school program unifying the Pre-K - 12 framework puts Daystar in an elite group of schools in Chicago and across the globe. We are excited about this move toward full IB authorization for Pre-K through 12th grade.

More about the IB Framework At Daystar

The International Baccalaureate Organization has four individual programs that make up the framework. Beginning at 3 years old, students enter the Primary Years Program, which includes Preschool through fifth grade years of learning. Beginning in sixth grade students enter the Middle Years Program that they complete in grade 10. In grades 11 and 12, students enter the Diploma Program - tailored to preparing students for college excellence. 

Daystar Academy's Middle Years Program is authorized in May 2019. The Primary Years Program is currently a candidate program with full authorization expected in Spring of 2020. As a part of this process, Daystar's PYP (Primary Years Program) teachers, Pre-K through 5th grade, are trained in IB and Daystar's Pre-K through 5th grade curriculum is aligned with the standards set by the IB-PYP program. Daystar expects authorization of the Diploma Program (11th & 12th grades) in the Spring of 2021.