What is the IB? | SISD

“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.”

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. The three programs for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

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.

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An IB education fosters international-mindedness by helping students reflect on their own perspective, culture and identities, and then on those of others. By learning to appreciate different beliefs, values and experiences, and to think and collaborate across cultures and disciplines, IB learners gain the understanding necessary to make progress toward a more peaceful and sustainable world.

An IB education further enhances the development of international-mindedness through multilingualism. All IB programmes require the students to study, or study in, more than one language because we believe that communicating in more than one language provides excellent opportunities to develop intercultural understanding and respect. It helps the students to appreciate that his or her own language, culture and worldview is just one of many.

International-mindedness is also encouraged through a focus on global engagement and meaningful service with the community. These elements challenge the student to critically consider power and privilege, and to recognize that he or she holds this planet and its resources in trust for future generations. They also highlight the focus on action in all IB programmes: a focus on moving beyond awareness and understanding to engagement, action and bringing about meaningful change.

At SISD, we believe the International Baccalaureate to be the best educational experience on offer today. It is the gold standard in international education and has been shown to provide the best preparation for the most competitive universities and beyond. The IB is most distinctive, however, in that it is more than simply a qualification; it is a broad and coherent educational vision, supported by a clearly defined set of values that prepare our students and staff as global leaders

The advantages of an IB education:

  • IB World Schools (the only schools authorised to offer IB programmes) are subject to a strict accreditation process monitored by the IB, ensuring that academies provide a high-quality education.
  • IB teaching methods and curriculums are research- based and draw from the best educational practices from systems around the world
  • IB teachers are required to participate in many professional development opportunities to continually promote their awareness of current educational practices and new thinking
  • IB students develop a sense of the world around them and their responsibility to it
  • IB programmes are recognised internationally and ease the educational transitions of mobile students so that their education is not adversely affected if their families relocate