The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. The four programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
Founded in 1968, the IB currently works with 3,804 schools in 147 countries to develop and offer four challenging programmes to over 1,189,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.
The IB continuum of international education is unique because of its academic and personal rigour, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal growth.
- The IB Primary Years Programme for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.
- The IB Middle Years Programme, for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.
- The IB Diploma Programme, for students aged 16 to 19, is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and beyond.
- The IB Career-related Certificate, for students aged 16 to 19, is the newest offering from the IB. The IBCC incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB Programmes into a unique offering specifically designed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning.
Aims: 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.
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 active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
School IB history: Anglo European School was the first state school in Britain to offer the IB Diploma (1977) and the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (2010).
Link to IB website: http://www.ibo.org