IB General Information

  • What is an IB education

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) 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 programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

    These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

    An Ib education centers on learners

      • An IB education is concerned with the whole person, encouraging students to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners by striving to be:
        • inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-taskers, balanced and reflective, collectively known as the IB Learner Profile.

    IB education develops effective approaches to teaching and learning

      • An IB education empowers young people for a lifetime of learning, independently and in collaboration with others by using the following approaches:
        • Inquiry: students working together to construct meaning and make sense of the world, exploring curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging, and significant.
        • Action: students are encouraged to act at home, in classrooms, schools, communities and the broader world. Action may involve service learning, advocacy and educating self and others.
        • Reflection: students are given opportunities to reflect on their own thinking and effort, which leads to deeper understanding of what is being learned.

    IB education works within global contexts

      • An IB education aims to develop internationally minded people by encouraging:
        • Multilingualism and intercultural understanding: involves communicating in a variety of ways and to recognize and reflect on one’s own perspective, as well as the perspectives of others in order to explore human commonality, diversity and interconnection.
        • Global engagement: involves a commitment to address humanity’s greatest challenges, at the local and global level.

    An IB education explores significant content

      • An IB education aims to provide students opportunities to explore curriculum that is:
        • Broad and balanced: offering students access to a broad range of content that spans academic subjects.
        • Conceptual: focuses on timeless, abstract, universal, and transferable ideas that reach beyond temporal, national, cultural and subject-area boundaries.
        • Connected: giving students authentic opportunities to make connections between many different subjects.



    This is a 1-page summary of the document What is an IB Education? published by International Baccalaureate Organization. 
    Read the full text here.