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Learner Profile & Attitudes

What Is an IB Learner?

We use the term "IB Learner" when we see students showing the character traits of the IB Learner Profile and Attitudes.
An IB Learner is
  • aware of others,
  • advocates for him or herself,
  • and strives to be an independent thinker.
IB Learners are not afraid to make mistakes, and constantly seek ways to improve themselves.

What are the Learner Profiles?

  • Inquirers—their natural curiosity has been nurtured and they actively enjoy learning.
  • Thinkers—they exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to solving complex problems.
  • Communicators—they receive and express ideas and information confidently in more than one language.
  • Risk-takers—they approach unfamiliar situations without anxiety and have the confidence to explore new ideas.
  • Knowledgeable—they have explored themes that have global significance and have acquired a critical mass of knowledge.
  • Principled—they have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning and have acquired integrity, honesty and a sense of justice.
  • Caring—they show sensitivity towards the needs and feelings of others, and have a sense of personal commitment to helping others.
  • Open-minded—they respect the values of other individuals and cultures and seek to consider a range of points of view.
  • Well-balanced—they understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being.
  • Reflective—they give thoughtful consideration to their own learning by constructively analysing their personal strengths and weaknesses


What Are the IB Attitudes?

Birney takes an integrated, schoool-wide character education approach that leads students to become examples of the IB learner profile. To reach this goal, students learn to adopt the following attitudes: