The International Baccalaureate offers three programmes of international education:
• The Primary Years Programme for ages 3 to 12 focuses on the development of the whole child
...in the classroom and in the world outside.
• The Middle Years Programme for ages 11 to 16 provides a framework of academic challenge
...and life skills through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.
• The Diploma Programme for ages 16 to 19 is a demanding two-year curriculum that meets the ...needs of highly motivated students, and leads to a qualification that is recognized by leading ...universities
around the world.
The International Baccalaureate chooses to define "international education" according to the following criteria:
• Developing citizens of the world in relation to culture, language and learning to live together
• Building and reinforcing students' sense of identity and cultural awareness
• Fostering students' recognition and development of universal human values
• Stimulating curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning
• Equipping students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively,
..and to apply these skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas
• Providing international content while responding to local requirements and interests
• Encouraging diversity and flexibility in teaching methods
• Providing appropriate forms of assessment and international benchmarking
The three programmes form a coherent sequence of education by promoting the education of the whole person through an emphasis on intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth. In all three programmes, the education of the whole person is manifested through all domains of knowledge, involving the major traditions of learning in languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics and the arts.
Furthermore, all three programmes:
• require study across a broad range of subjects drawing on content from educational cultures
..across .the world
• give special emphasis to language acquisition and development
• encourage learning across disciplines
• focus on developing the skills of learning
• include, to a varying extent, the study of individual subjects and of transdisciplinary areas
• provide students with opportunities for individual and collaborative planning and research
• include a community service component requiring action and reflection.