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"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.

Academic Subjects
 
IB offers courses within 6 subject areas. The six academic subjects are studied concurrently as a well-rounded, liberal arts curriculum. IB Diploma candidates must select one course from each of the six groups. IB Course students may select only those subjects of personal interest.
  • Group 1: Studies in language and literature
  • Group 2: Language acquisition
  • Group 3: Individuals and societies
  • Group 4: Sciences
  • Group 5: Mathematics
  • Group 6: The arts
Courses are offered either at the HL (Higher Level) or SL (Standard Level)
Pursuing the IB Diploma:
 
Full IB Diploma candidates must take one subject from each of the six areas and complete the Core (TOK, EE & CAS). They must complete at least three HL courses.

The Core
 
The DP Core aims to challenge students more helping them develop and grow while applying their skills and knowledge. The core is made up of three elements:
  • Theory of knowledge: TOK is a course where students reflect on knowledge itself and ponder how we know what we know. Students look at different ways of knowing and what makes something a fact or knowledge.
  • The extended essay: The EE is an independent 4,000 word research paper on a topic of the student's choice. Students learn how to access information and conduct their own research. Students work with a staff EE Supervisor throughout the process.
  • Creativity, activity, service: CAS are additional hours students participate in within the three strands. Students complete at least one CAS Project that must be collaborative and student initiated. Students are encouraged to select CAS experiences that challenge themselves. CAS is both doing and thinking. Throughout CAS, students reflect on their experiences, what they have learned and how they are growing. Students must meet 7 Learner Outcomes outlined by IB.

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IB strives to develop attributes in students on the IB Learner Profile:
 

1. Inquirers: Develop natural curiosity, acquire skills to conduct inquiry, enjoy learning

2. Knowledgeable: Explore ideas and issues, acquire knowledge across a broad range of subjects

3. Thinkers: Exercise initiative in critical thinking and problem solving, ability to make reasoned, ethical decisions

4. Communicators: Understand and express ideas and information with confidence and creativity

5. Principled: Act with integrity and honesty, respect for others, take responsibility for their actions

6. Open-minded: Understand their own culture, histories, values and traditions and have an appreciation for other cultures as well

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Caring: Show empathy, compassion and respect for others. Personal commitment to service

8. Risk-takers: Approach unfamiliar situations with courage and forethought

9. Balanced: Understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional well-being

10. Reflective: Give thoughtful consideration to learning and experience and to assess personal areas of strength and limitation
 
"The aim of all IB programmes 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." IB Learner Profile Booklet

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Major universities worldwide recognize the International Baccalaureate Diploma. They reward students in the admissions process for the hard work already accomplished. 1661 universities in the US recognize the IB with official IB policies for admitting IB students

Each college or university in the United States sets its own IB recognition policies. Interested students must make direct contact with the college or university to find out the current policies.

Visit the IBO database for more information: www.ibo.org or visit the website for the university you are interested in.

 

IBO WebsiteTop of Page

For more information about IB, please visit their public website at www.ibo.org