have watched my son Jackson Hoffman enter this world of International Baccalaureate Program in 1st grade for the last eight years. He has attended IB Elementary School on Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head Middle School with a wonderful IB program leader Mrs. Jenna Tuttle, and now Ponce De Leon IB Magnet Program.   The International Baccalaureate program http://www.ibo.org/about-the-ib/ nurtures the IB student to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective 

http://ibo.org/en/benefits/learner-profile/  in the world that they are living in.  As a family we worked hard to nurture these characteristics as well   I can honestly say that as I scan these characteristics, I find these qualities in both my sons attending IB, Jax and Brody.  Brody is in his 6th year at an IB Program.  For his eighth grade IB project, Jax is working with student colleagues Patrick Flipse and Ronald Fernandez.  Patrick and Ronald are also incredible young men that are inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators; principled, open-minded, caring risk-takers that are balanced and reflective.  I thank the IB program and I thank Ponce de Leon Middle School for being a true IB school of excellence.  http://ponce.dadeschools.net/ All three of them have been accepted at an IB Magnet program at Coral Gables Senior High School here in Coral Gables, Florida. 

Their eighth grade IB project has brought their best selves to the forefront of their lives and their role as global citizens and active members of their world. They put together a canned food drive to bring sustenance to the needy of their own community of Miami.  At first, they were three good young men having fun working a project together.  But then I saw something shift.  As I watched these three young men stand in front of a supermarket engaging people in the dialogue of hunger and need in the community, I saw what the years of IB had taught them.  These three young men come from homes with resources.  They have enough of what they need.  As they began to ask for something on behalf of someone who doesn’t “have” what they have, I saw gratitude, understanding and empathy. I do not think it would have sunk in so entirely had they not been nurtured to reflect and care as they have within the IB program and their wonderful families who chose IB.  Again, thank you to the International Baccalaureate Program and Ponce Middle School.  You help change children’s lives, you help the world.