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Pembroke Pines (K-12) Campus - International Baccalaureate

Franklin Academy Pembroke Pines K-12 Campus has been designated an International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School offering the full 5-year Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is essential for our students. 



The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.



Each of the IB's programme is committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile.

The profile aims to develop learners who are:














The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) emphasizes intellectual challenge.   It encourages students aged 11 to 16 to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life. Every student in 6th – 10th grade on the K-12 Campus is an MYP student.


  • Research shows that students participating in the MYP:
  • -build confidence in managing their own learning
  • -learn by doing, connecting the classroom to the larger world,
  • -outperform non-IB students in critical academic skills
    -develop an understanding of global challenges and a commitment to act as responsible citizens.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) comprises eight subject groups:

  • Language Acquisition
  • Language and Literature
  • Individuals and Socities
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Design

MYP Students at the K-12 Campus explore their passions by completing a Personal Project in Grade 10; are communicators, in both their mother tongue and in multiple foreign languages; and deserve the best possible preparation for the Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12.








What is International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)?

  • A junior and senior high school program focused on developing students who will be prepared to succeed in the 21st century.
  • A program aimed at developing inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
  • A holistic program centered on developing the individual in all academic areas (strengths and weaknesses).
  • An internationally recognized rigorous two-year curriculum, which prepares students to enter college and life with the skills they need to be successful.

The Diploma Programme requires students to successfully complete six core subjects. Three to four courses will be at the Higher Level (HL).  HL is taught over two years. Two to three courses will be at Standard Level (SL).  SL is taught over a course of one to two years depending upon the curriculum.

Six Academic Subjects 
(subject details can be found under Diploma Programme Curriculum at )

  • Group 1: Language Arts:  English A1 HL
  • Group 2: World Language: Spanish HL, Spanish SL
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies: History of the Americas HL
  • Group 4: Experimental Science: Physics SL, Physics HL
  • Group 5: Mathematics: Mathematics: Applications and interpretation
  • Group 6: Elective: Global Politics

Three Core Requirements

  • EE-Extended Essay (Research Paper in subject of student choice)
  • CAS-Creativity, Activity, Service
  • TOK-Theory of Knowledge

How is IB different from AP? 

Both IB and AP offer rigorous courses and are excellent preparation for college; however, students learn differently within the courses. AP courses focus on the student's area(s) of strength, while IB is a comprehensive curriculum that requires the student to take courses in all subjects and is centered on a global perspective. 

Benefits To Students 

2014 Research: IB is an Education for the 21st Century - IB students are prepared for college-level coursework; demonstrate civic knowledge and skills, critical thinking skills and superior science literary.  
View Research Digest at

International Community - The diploma programme focuses on developing responsible citizens who will demonstrate leadership skills and create a future focused on ethical principles and global citizenship.

Preparedness - An IB Diploma demonstrates a student is serious about learning and is prepared for college level work.

University Scholarships - A number of universities offer scholarships for IB Diploma holders. 

University Admissions - An IB Diploma is widely recognized by American and International universities as a strong academic curriculum

Florida law now recognizes both the International Baccalaureate Program Diploma and the IB Curriculum as methods of qualifying for a Florida Bright Futures.


DP Brochure

DP Parent Guide

FAQs About DP

DP Research

DP Core Research

Make your IB credentials

DP Presentation


“Break-Away “ is a student-led initiative to address the division in today’s society by providing a safe place to talk about relevant events in hopes of “breaking away” from the barriers that surround students and in return creating a more tolerant and inclusive community. The topics discussed in the Break-Away sessions derive from the monthly “Global Citizen’s Project” lesson and corresponding inquiry question. The moderators are Model UN members and all participants are nominated by their Individual and Societies teacher.

All aspects of “Break-Away” are done by students: questions, answers, recording, editing, creating of the introduction, logo, motto, and music selection.

"Difference of opinion is not a reason to dismiss another human being"

As part of the IB program, Franklin Academy encourages the attributes of the learner profile. The views and ideas reflected in the videos are not necessarily those of Franklin Academy.

February Discussion

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Archived Break-Away Discussions

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