The International Baccalaureate is a not-for-profit international educational foundation. Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, it has since educated over 1 million students.
International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.
We strive to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.
IB programme frameworks can operate effectively with national curricula at all ages; more than 50% of IB World Schools are state-funded.
The IB’s programmes are different from other curricula because they:
- encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
- develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
- encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
- develop multilingual students.
In order to teach IB programmes, schools must be authorized. Every school authorized to offer IB programmes is known as an IB World School.
IB programmes prepare a person to be successful in school and to be active, life-long learners through four programs that emphasize intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth.
PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME (AGES 3-11)
Students aged 3 to 11 cover language, social studies, mathematics, arts, science and personal, social and physical education. These subjects are taught by addressing six trans-disciplinary themes that answer the following questions: Who we are; Where we are in place and time; How we express ourselves; How the world works; How we organize ourselves; Sharing the planet.
MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME (AGES 11-16)
Students aged 11 to 16 study eight subject areas; their mother tongue, a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. In their final year, students undertake a personal project where they demonstrate the understandings and skills developed throughout the programme. Teachers organize the curriculum through five areas of interaction, delivering a holistic learning experience; approaches to learning, community and service, human ingenuity, environments and health and social education.
THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME (AGES 16-18)
Six subjects: five chosen from five groups (literature in the student’s native language, a foreign language, a science, mathematics, a humanity or social science) plus an art or another choice from groups 1-5.
To learn more about the advantages of an IB program or Boca Prep offerings please select from the following links:
International Baccalaureate Organization: www.ibo.org
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