The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) offers high quality programmes of international education to a worldwide community of schools. Three 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 IBO is currently working with 2,119 schools in 125 countries to develop and offer challenging programmes to over 566,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.
The IB is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student.
International Baccalaureate 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.
To this end, the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations 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.
International Baccalaureate Programmes
The three programmes span the years from kindergarten to pre-university. The programmes can be offered individually or as a continuum.
The Primary Years Programme for pupils aged 3 to 12 focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.
The Middle Years Programme for pupils aged 11 to 16 provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills, achieved through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.
The Diploma Programme for students aged 16 to 19 is a demanding two-year curriculum leading to final examinations and a qualification that is welcomed by leading universities around the world.
Each programme includes a curriculum and pedagogy, student assessment appropriate to the age range, professional development for teachers and a process of school authorization and evaluation. The programmes are available through 2,119 IB World Schools in 125 countries.
The IB offers a continuum of high-quality education that encourages international-mindedness and a positive attitude to learning. Our programmes are accessible to students in 125 countries through our close cooperation with the worldwide community of IB World Schools.
The IB is unique:
The IB does not own or manage any schools. Instead, we work with schools around the world (both state and privately funded) that share our commitment to international education.
Schools that have been authorized by us to offer one or more of our programmes are known as "IB World Schools".
Authorization to become an IB World School is an intensive process that typically takes two or more years and includes site visits by an IB team.
A regular process of evaluation is undertaken by schools that have been authorized.