International Baccalaureate (IB)

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  Mr. Sean Swan
Vice Principal
IB Academy Staff
 Lori Magnuson, Middle Years Programme Coordinator(MYP)
Heather Mygrant, Diploma Programme & Career-Related Programme Coordinator (DP & CP)
Brittanie Davis, IB Counselor
Dr. Leslie Fatum, Diploma Programme Coordinator (DP)
Christa Jordan, Career-Related Programme Coordinator (CP)

What is an IB Education?

Imagine a worldwide community of schools, educators and students with a shared vision and mission to empower young people with the skills, values and knowledge to create a better and more peaceful world. This is the International Baccalaureate (IB). 

In 1968 the first programme offered by the IB, the Diploma Programme, was established. It sought to provide a challenging yet balanced education that would facilitate geographic and cultural mobility by providing an internationally recognized university entrance qualification that would also serve the deeper purpose of promoting intercultural understanding and respect.

With the introduction of the Middle Years Programme in 1994 and the Primary Years Programme in 1997, the IB identified a continuum of international education for students aged 3 to 19. The introduction of the IB Career-related Programme in 2012 enriched this continuum by providing a choice of international education pathways for 16 to 19 year old students.

Each of the IB programmes reflects a central desire to provide an education that enables students to make sense of the complexities of the world around them, as well as equipping them with the skills and dispositions needed for taking responsible action for the future. They provide an education that crosses disciplinary, cultural, national and geographical boundaries, and that champions critical engagement, 

These aspirations are summed up in our ambitious mission:

• 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.

Written primarily for educators, What is an IB education? outlines our educational philosophy. It also explains how this philosophy shapes the four IB programmes, which can be implemented independently or in combination: the Primary Years Programme (ages 3–12), Middle Years Programme (ages 11–16), Diploma Programme (ages 16–19) and Career-related Programme (ages 16–19).

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