WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE?
The IB Diploma Programme is a comprehensive program of study similar to a college-style core curriculum or distribution requirements. IB diploma students must complete advanced courses in math, science, English, foreign language, art, and social science. They must also write a long essay, take a course in Theory of Knowledge, and engage in a combination of creative work, sports, and community service. Students take six exams-three Higher Level (HL) and three Standard Level (SL).
IS THIS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED DIPLOMA?
The IB began in Geneva in 1968, and now it has programs in more than 3,000 schools in 139 countries. The past few years have seen an explosion in the number of schools adopting the IB. IB school administrators and teachers say that the IB provides a rigorous, well-rounded education. The program requires students to take classes across disciplines. IB schools embrace the IBO’s (International Baccalaureate Organization) mission to foster inquiry, teach students to make connections, understand world citizenry, and gain a sense of service.
HOW IS THIS PROGRAM VIEWED IN THE U.S.?
Schools see the diploma as a way to make their students competitive in college admissions. US colleges and universities value the breadth and quality of the IB program. They also rely on the consistent integrity of IB exam scores. The IB is an attractive curriculum option worth exploring.