What is the International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a not-for-profit foundation, motivated by its mission to create a better world through education.

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

The IB offers three challenging programs for students age 3-19:

  • Primary Years Program    3 – 12 years

  • Middle Years Program     11 – 16 years

  • IB Diploma                        16 – 19 years

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

  • IB Programs are internationally recognized and smooth the educational transitions of globally mobile students so that their education is not adversely effected by relocation.

  • IB World Schools are subject to a strict accreditation process monitored by the International Baccalaureate Organization so you can be sure the school is offering a quality education.

  • IB teachers participate in many professional development opportunities to continually promote their awareness of current educational practices and new thinking.

  • IB teaching methods and curricula are research based and draw on the best practices from educational systems around the world.

  • IB students graduating with the IB Diploma are able to study at universities all around the world, often with advanced credit.

How are students assessed through the IB?

Each subject is scored out of 7 and the Extended Essay in combination with the TOK (Theory of Knowledge) is marked out of  a maximum of 3.  The final IB Diploma is then scored out of a total of 45 points with a grade of 24 and above required for an actual IB Diploma.

IB Diplomas are criterion-based not norm-referenced, which means that results are determined by performance against set standards not by each student’s position in the overall rank order. Therefore, the number of students gaining the top mark of 7 in a particular subject does not fluctuate dramatically from year to year and the results are not subject to political interference.

What are the advantages of the International Baccalaureate?