What is the International Baccalaureate?

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The International Baccalaureate diploma program is a comprehensive and rigorous college-preparatory program designed to meet the needs of academically talented and highly motivated high school students. Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization in Geneva, Switzerland may offer the IB curriculum and allow their students to sit for IB examinations in hopes of earning an IB diploma.  IB diploma students follow a prescribed course of study in six disciplines, sit for examinations in each discipline, and fulfill additional requirements of the program.


Internationally recognized as one of the most challenging college-preparatory curricula available, this prestigious program is offered in over 1,400 schools in 130 countries.  IB students are assured that their courses of study conform to world standards, not merely local, state, or national standards.  The student who fulfills IB's expectations demonstrates a strong commitment to learning, in terms of both the mastery of subject content and the development of the skills and discipline necessary for success in a competitive world.  Students who successfully complete the program and pass their IB examinations earn the IB diploma and may earn college credit and advanced standing at colleges and universities around the world.  To learn more about IBO, visit its Web site, www.ibo.org.