Facts about the IB

by Sophy Haig

Here are some useful facts about the IB:

1. The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 as a non-profit educational foundation. A group of talented, forward-thinking teachers at the International School of Geneva, with assistance from several other international schools, created the IB Diploma Programme. What started life as a single programme for internationally mobile students preparing for university, has today grown into three programmes for students aged 3 to 19.

2. The Mission of the IB – The International Baccalaureate® (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

3. There are 3 IB programmes – Primary Years (3-11yrs), Middle Years (11-16yrs) and Diploma (16-19yrs)

4. The IB programmes are flexible and Schools are able to take into account their own specific circumstances – for example, in London our courses would differ from those in Singapore but we teach in the same way and follow the same philosophy.

5. All students are graded on a scale of 1-7 points, with 7 being the highest and 1 the lowest.

6. The IB Diploma Programme (16-18yrs) is at least the equivalent of A-Levels in the UK and APP in the United States.

7. IB students are highly sought after by the World’s leading Universities. IB Diploma is accepted by Universities around the World – over 2,500 Universities in 75 countries, including Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton and Harvard.

8. The IB programmes are designed to include a holistic approach, whereby we examine the development of the whole person, not simply academic performance.

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