IB’s mission and philosophy
At the centre of an International Baccalaureate (IB) education are students aged 3 to 19 with unique learning styles, strengths and challenges. The IB focuses on each student as a whole person. Thus, IB programmes address not only cognitive development but social, emotional and physical well-being. The aim is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people with adaptable skills to tackle society’s complex challenges and who will help to make it a better, more peaceful world.
Validating the efficacy of the IB’s four programmes are research and more than 45 years of practical experience. IB programmes emphasize learning how to learn and teaching students to value learning as an essential, integral part of their everyday lives. The IB promotes the development of schools that:
• inspire students to ask questions, pursue personal aspirations, set challenging goals and develop the persistence to achieve those goals
• develop knowledgeable students who make reasoned ethical judgments and acquire the flexibility, perseverance and confidence they need in order to bring about meaningful change
• encourage healthy relationships, individual and shared responsibility and effective teamwork.
- Parent Pack, IBO, 2015
Click here to watch a video from IBO about the Primary Years Program.
Click here to watch a video from IBO about The Value of an IB education with Stanford University's Debra Von Bargen