Pacific 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 Society and Arts (integrated social studies/history/geography and 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. In addition, we offer advanced math and language acquisition courses to qualified students. In addition, PB Middle students get the chance to participate in video production programs, intramural sports, one-to-one computing, math competitions, World Café discussions, a variety of clubs and so much more...
Assessment and Training
Students are graded and assessed based on standards and IB objectives. 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
Students learn the importance of becoming a lifelong learner, critical thinkers, and courageous risk-takers, who are principled, caring, knowledgeable, open-minded, balanced and reflective. Through service to the local and global community, students are taught to apply their learning and take responsible action to make the world a better place.