The IB Diploma Programme is a standardized curriculum and assessment regime for students aged 16-19. There are also programmes for younger students: the IB Primary Years Programme (ranging from age 3 to 12), and the IB Middle Years Programme (ranging from 11 to 16). These three programmes of curricula are international in nature; it is acceptable for university entrance qualification in countries throughout the world. Additionally, IB programmes continue to encourage international mindedness in students and educators through the IB learner profile: a set of values that represent IB's mission and principles.
The International Baccalaureate (IB), formerly the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) is an international education foundation founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. The IB is a non-government organisation is affiliated with the United Nations by being a signatory to the UNESCO's Peace Education plan.
"IB" can thus refer to the organisation itself, or any of the three programmes administered.
Three programmes of international education are offered for students aged 3 to 19:
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for pupils aged 3 to 12 focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.
> Read more about PYP at ibo.org
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16 provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.
> Read more about MYP at ibo.org
The Diploma Programme for students aged 16 to 19 is a demanding two-year curriculum that meets the needs of highly motivated students, and leads to a qualification that is recognized by leading universities around the world.
> Read more about the Diploma Programme at ibo.org
The IB learner profile
The IB learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.
The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate, and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.
Read the IB learner profile [174kb, PDF] for further information.
IB learners strive to be:
The short video below helps to bring the learner profile alive.