"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help 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 more active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right." International Baccalaureate Mission Statement (www.ibo.org)
The IB is an internationally recognized program for 11th and 12th grade students. Created in 1968 in response to the educational needs of geographically mobile students, the IB has grown into a worldwide, comprehensive college preparatory curriculum that has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment giving IB diploma holders access to the world's leading universities. As of September 2019, there are 3,421 schools offering the DP, in 157 different countries worldwide.
“The DP was established to provide students with a balanced education, to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding.” ~www.ibo.org website
IB encourages international-mindedness, cultural understanding and empathy. IB also moves beyond content knowledge to develop critical thinkers who can analyze, synthesize, research, communicate, read and write. These are the very skills colleges are looking for. Ultimately, IB's goal is to make this world a better place by developing young adults with attributes from the IB Learner Profile who become contributing global citizens who care about others and who want to make a difference.