More than 4,000 schools around the world have chosen to teach International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes, with their unique academic rigour and their emphasis on students’ personal development. Those schools employ over 70,000 educators, teaching more than one million students worldwide.
International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.
The IB’s programmes are different from other curricula because they:
- encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
- develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
- encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
- develop multilingual students.
Education in International Baccalaureate schools:
- centres on learners
- develops effective approaches to teaching and learning
- works within global contexts, helping students understand different languages and cultures
- explores significant content, developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding that meets rigorous international standards.
Students at International Baccalaureate World Schools are given a unique education. They will:
- be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
- take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
- become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
- be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.
This approach is in line with the philosophy of the 21st century education. In the IB, the learning outcomes of the 21st century are represented through the IB Learner Profile.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that goes beyond academic success.
Each of the IB’s programme is committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile.
The profile aims to develop learners who are:
- Risk-takers/ Courageous
The IB learner profile also represents a synthesis of the essential elements of the PYP. Throughout the primary years, the students engage in structured inquiry that synthesizes knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action. In doing so, they develop the attributes described in the learner profile. This profile provides powerful goals that serve learning across all areas of the curriculum.
The International Baccalaureate offers four programmes:
- Primary Years Programme; age range 3-12
- Middle Years Programme; age range 11-16
- Diploma Programme; age range 16-19
- Career-related Programme; age range: 16-19
The PYP curriculum contains three key components (written, taught and assessed curriculum), which explain how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practice of effective assessment within the programme.
In the PYP a balance is sought between acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes, and taking of responsible action. PYP person grows as a whole person.