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What Is IB?

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) was established in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. The IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. The IB programme is currently available at 2,815 schools in 138 countries. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners.

The IBO is an internationally recognized, academic program that emphasizes critical thinking in a global context.

The IB Primary Years Programme (IB/PYP) is designed for students age 3 to 12. It focuses on developing the whole child by encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development.

IB Mission Statement

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

International Baccalaureate Attitudes

We want our students to develop:  

Appreciation appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people
Commitment being committed to their learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility
Confidence feeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions and choices
Cooperation cooperating, collaborating and leading or following as the situation demands
Creativity being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas
Curiosity being curious about the nature of learning and of the world, its people and cultures
Empathy imaginatively projecting themselves into another's situation, in order to understand his/her thoughts, reasoning and emotions
Enthusiasm enjoying learning
Independence thinking and acting independently, making their own judgements based on reasoned principles and being able to defend their judgements
Integrity having integrity and a firm sense of fairness and honesty
Respect respecting themselves, others and the world around them
Tolerance feeling sensitivity towards differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others

IB Learner Profiles

Inquirer: Acquires skills for purposeful, constructive research

Thinker: Applies thinking skills critically and creatively to solve complex problems

Communicator: Receives and expresses ideas in more than one language including the language of mathematical symbols

Risk-taker: Approaches unfamiliar situations with confidence

Knowledgeable: Explores themes which have global relevance and importance

Principled: Displays integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice

Caring: Develops a sense of personal commitment to action and service

Open-minded: Respects the views, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures and is accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view

Balanced: Understands physical, mental and personal well-being

Reflective: Analyzes own strength and weaknesses