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International Baccalaureate

EBI is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) for pre-kinder through fifth grade and the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) for sixth through eighth grades.

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 organization works with schools, governments and international organizations 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. 

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a globally recognized leader in 21st-century education for its emphasis on academic rigor, inquiry-based learning, and the development of personal skills to best prepare students for a changing world.

Dynamically involved in ongoing programme development, the IB works closely with educational research teams from all over the world to remain at the forefront of best teaching and learning practices. The IB is highly respected for preparing students for the best colleges and universities in their own countries and abroad.

The IB offers three coordinated programs for approved schools, including:

  • The Primary Years Program —for students from pre-kinder to grade 5.
  • The Middle Years Program —for students in grades 6 to 10.
  • The Diploma Program —for students in grades 11 and 12.

All IB programs have a similar pedagogical base — they are learner-centered and inquiry-based. This means that teaching begins with and builds on the curiosity of the students, their capacity to understand the material and ideas, and the questions they have.

By emphasizing a dynamic combination of concepts, skills, knowledge and understanding, the IB encourages students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners, prepared for a life as engaged and responsible world citizens.

IB learner profile

The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

As IB learners we strive to be:

Inquirers: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Knowledgeable: We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open-minded: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk-takers: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development. 

For more information refer to Sagrario Argüelles, Director of Curriculum and Learning at sarguelles@ebinternacional.org or visit ibo.org.