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Academics

PB studentsPacific Beach Middle School offers a challenging inquiry-based curriculum unlike any other school in the San Diego region. The unique courses meet the requirements of the Common Core Standards as well as the challenging International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme objectives.

Our students receive an education with an international focus designed to help them develop the knowledge, global understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.

The Pacific Beach IB Middle Years Programme curriculum consists of eight subject areas: MYP Language and Literature (English); MYP Mathematics; MYP Science and Design (integrated course); Individuals and Society and Visual Arts (integrated social studies/history/geography and visual art course), MYP Physical and Health Education; and Language Acquisition: Spanish or Mandarin. The IB MYP is an inclusive, balanced framework of education incorporating academics, with inquiry, project-based learning and relevant experiences in and out of the classroom. Students are encouraged to take action as they engage with learning through service both at school and in the local and global community.
 
Adding to the challenge for our students we offer specialized education to students identified in the gifted and talented education program (GATE), and its advanced Seminar component. We also offer advanced math and language acquisition courses to qualified students. In addition, PB Middle students have many enrichment opportunities such as video production programs, intramural sports, one-to-one computing, competitions, World Café discussions, Student Government (ASB) a variety of clubs...

Assessment and Training

Students are graded and assessed based on standards and IB objectives and the Common Core State Standards. Assessment of students is based a 1-8 scoring system that is then converted to the A-F report card grade. Student work and achievement is most commonly scored using a 1-8 rubric that clearly outlines the objectives for a given task, assignment, project, etc.

The school is evaluated every five years by International Baccalaureate officials. As a requirement for IB authorization and to meet ongoing evaluation standards, our teachers are specially trained by the IB to teach and assess using the IB framework. 

IB Learner Profile

The IB learner profile are a set of traits and characteristics that define a lifelong learner. We help our students to become critical thinkers, and courageous risk-takers, who are principled, caring, knowledgeable, open-minded, balanced and reflective. From the classroom to the field to the front-office, throughout the PB Middle learning community, the IB learner profile supports our school culture. Together we work to demonstrate and  develop a love for learning and making a difference.