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Pierce Learner profile

The IB learner profile is an integral element in the IB student-centered educational philosophy. It embodies the IB mission and encapsulates its long-term vision for international education and learning.

The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

According to The IB Learner Profile Booklet (IBO, March 2006, p. 5), IB learners strive to be:

Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

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In addition to the above qualities, Pierce has developed four attributes that represent its mission and vision to provide holistic education and to “form intellectually independent, morally responsible, socially engaged global citizens" inherent to the core value of The American College of Greece: “Non ministrari sed ministrare” (“Not to be served but to serve”)

Pierce students aim to be:

Democratic: They show respect to other people and themselves, supporting and encouraging free actions and thoughts. They aim to live in a peaceful world where human rights, political and social equality are possible and desirable.

Creative: They show ability for original thinking and invention, challenging common sense practices and views. They use their imagination to explore new ways of approaching life, dealing with demanding problems and producing innovative solutions.

Resilient: They deal with difficult situations and they adapt with strength and passion to new circumstances. They are ambitious, yet realistic and flexible. They never give up.

Hard-working: They give all their power and heart to what they do. They work enthusiastically and persistently to achieve their goals, also being proactive, energetic and committed to succeed. They aim high and they passionately strive for the best.