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At the heart of our curriculum lies the Chicago Public Schools instructional core, a framework that prioritizes high-quality teaching and learning. This core focuses on three essential components: rigorous content, purposeful practice, and a supportive learning environment. We believe that a solid foundation in these areas empowers students to think critically, solve complex problems, and engage actively in their own learning journey.

As an IB World School, McPherson is dedicated to upholding the rigorous standards and practices set by the International Baccalaureate organization. The IB curriculum is renowned for its global perspective, encouraging students to explore interconnectedness and understand the world from multiple viewpoints. Through inquiry-based learning, students at McPherson develop the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world.

At McPherson, we believe in nurturing the whole child – intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Our educational philosophy, inspired by the ancient proverb "head, heart, and hand," emphasizes the development of cognitive abilities (head), emotional intelligence (heart), and practical skills (hand). This holistic approach ensures that our students graduate not only with academic prowess but also with a strong sense of empathy, resilience, and the ability to apply their knowledge to real-world situations.

Choosing an IB World School means selecting an institution dedicated to providing a unique and globally-minded education. What sets McPherson apart from other schools is our unwavering commitment to the IB philosophy, which goes beyond traditional academic approaches. Our emphasis on international-mindedness, inquiry-based learning, and the development of well-rounded individuals equips students to excel academically and make meaningful contributions to a diverse and interconnected world.