About the IB Program / IB Mission

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  • About the International Baccalaureate Program - The International Baccalaureate program was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in1968 as a non-profit educational foundation. Its original purpose wasto facilitate the international mobility of students preparing foruniversity by providing schools with a curriculum and diplomarecognized by universities around the world. Since then its mission hasexpanded, and it now seeks to make an IB education available tostudents of all ages.

    IB offers high quality programs of international education to a world-wide community of schools. The three programs for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalization world. There are more than 566,000 IB students at 3,501 schools in 144 countries.

    International Baccalaureate Mission Statement - Through comprehensive and balanced curricula coupled with challenging assessments, the International Baccalaureate Organization aims to assist schools in their endeavors to develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate the experience of the classroom to the realities of the world outside.  Beyond intellectual rigor and high academic standards, strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship, to the end that International Baccalaureate students may become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners, and informed participants in local and world affairs, conscious of the shared humanity that binds all people together while respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that makes for the richness of life.

    The International Baccalaureate Organization 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 IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.  These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.