The International Baccalaureate program is a university preparatory program taken in the last two years of high school. It was founded 50 years ago by international educators based in Geneva. Its purpose is to challenge students all over the world with a curriculum which not only prepares them for the rigors of university, but also provides opportunities for personal growth in a variety of areas. It seeks to do all of this in the context of an international education which embraces a wide variety of perspectives.
The IBO’s goal is to provide students with the values and opportunities that will enable them to develop sound judgement, make wise choices, and respect others in the global community. The program equips students with the skills and attitudes necessary for success in higher education and employment.
Based on no one national curriculum, the IB Diploma Program combines the breadth preferred by some national systems with the in-depth study preferred by others, thus providing students with a program recognized by university systems around the world. Internationally mobile students are able to transfer from one IB school to another, while students who remain closer to home benefit from a highly respected international curriculum. Formal agreements exist between the IBO and many ministries of education and private institutions. Some colleges and universities may offer advanced standing or course credit to students with strong IB examination results.
Student work is assessed by examiners world-wide, led by chief examiners with international authority. A variety of assessment methods is used to evaluate both the content and process of academic achievement and to take into account different learning styles and cultural patterns. Assessment techniques include both oral and written responses; essays; multiple choice questions; data-based questions; portfolio assessment; performances; analysis of primary source material; and presentations. Some assessment is carried out by the classroom teacher over the two-year course of the program, while the remainder is assessed in exams in May of the second year.
The grading system used by the IBO is criterion-referenced. This means that each student’s performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement consistent from one examination session to the next and equally applied to all schools. Each examined subject is graded on a scale of one (minimum) to seven (maximum). The award of the diploma requires students to earn a total of 24 points and to satisfactorily complete the Extended Essay, TOK, and CAS components.
Please browse the rest of this site for more details on the IB Diploma Program in general and our program here at ISP. More information is available on the IBO’s public website .