IB programs are career-specific and/or offer certifications or specialized diplomas upon completion that also have certain student academic expectations required for consideration. High school students across the country and around the world take International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and exams to challenge themselves, explore their interests, earn college credit, and become more knowledgeable global citizens.
“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.” IB Mission Statement
IB learners are (https://www.ibo.org/):
- encouraged to think critically and solve complex problems
- drive their own learning
- a core part in educational programmes that can lead them to some of the highest-ranking universities around the world
- more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
- able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.
Upon successful completion of the IB Programme requirements, students earn an IB Diploma that is recognized worldwide. Universities award college credit based on IB course level and exam scores.