What is the International
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational
foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student.
Founded in 1968 in Geneva,
works with 2,823 schools in 138 countries to develop and offer three
challenging programmes to over 778,000 students aged 3 to 19 years. The
programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal,
emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing
The Primary Years Programme -
PYP for students aged 3 to 12
focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world
The Middle Years Programme -
MYP for students aged 11 to 16
provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills, achieved through
embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.
The Diploma Programme -
DIP for students aged 16 to 19 is a
demanding two-year curriculum leading to final examinations and a qualification
that is welcomed by leading universities around the world
Although the first IB schools were predominantly private international
schools, today over half of all IB World Schools are state schools.
Mission and strategy
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is more than its three educational
programmes. IB is motivated by a mission to create a better world through
IB values the hard-earned reputation for quality, for high standards and
for pedagogical leadership. IB achieves their goals by working closely with
partner schools, particularly teachers.
IB promotes intercultural understanding and
respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity,
but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.
All of this is captured in IB mission statement:
„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
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.
The IB translated its mission
statement into a set of
learning outcomes for the 21st century known as IB learner profile.
The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education. It is a
set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and
teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people
who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet,
help to create a better and more peaceful world.
IB learners strive to be:
They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary
to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They
actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout
They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global
significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop
understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and
creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned,
They understand and express ideas and information confidently and
creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of
communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with
They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness,
justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities.
They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that
They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal
histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other
individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a
range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings
of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a
positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought,
and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies.
They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional
balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience.
They are able to assess and understand their strengths and
limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
so special about IB programmes?
programmes are recognized around the world and ensure an
increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.
- The curriculum
and pedagogy of IB programmes focus
on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting
that students fully explore their home culture and language.
- IB World Schools must undergo an exhaustive authorization process in order to offer
one or more of the programmes, which includes a study of the school's
resources and commitment to the IB mission and
- IB teachers participate in a wide variety of professional
development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge
and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.
students graduating from the Diploma Programme find that it enhances their opportunities at tertiary institutions. The IB works closely with
universities around the world to gain recognition for IB programmes.
More information about the IB at www.ibo.org
gimnazija - IB World
Schools that have been authorized by IB to offer one or more of IB
programmes are known as "IB World Schools".
Our school - XV. Gimnazija has become an "IB World School"
back in 1991 when it was authorized to offer the Diploma Program, and in 1995 the
Middle Years Programme. XV. Gimnazija
was the first school in Croatia
to offer the high school education in English, based on modern, highly
demanding and challenging curriculum and pedagogy.
offers the final years of IB Middle Years Programme (MYP 4 and MYP 5)
two years of IB Diploma Programme.