The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. We hope our students will help to build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.
Why the IB is different?
The IB is different from other curricula because it:
- encourages students to think critically and challenge what they are told
- is independent of governments and national systems, and therefore able to incorporate best practice from a range of international frameworks and curricula
- encourages students to consider both their local and international environment.
A continuum of international education
The DIS provides a continuum of education, consisting of three individual programs. The programs encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.
Best practice from a range of curricula
Unlike a national curriculum, IB Programmes, reflect the best practice of a range of different educational frameworks and curricula. It encourages students to be internationally-minded and to think beyond their immediate environment.
Students think about how they learn best
Through IB Programmes, IB students "learn how to learn", studying our unique Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course. They are encouraged to try different approaches to learning and to take responsibility for their own educational progress. Our programs help IB students:
- ask challenging questions
- think critically
- develop research skills proven to help them in higher education.
IB programs also encourage students to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond academic study.
Comparing the IB with other qualifications
Research suggests that in many cases, students in IB programs perform better than students taking other qualifications. For example:
- A global study investigating performance in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) found that IB students outperformed their non-IB peers in mathematics, reading, narrative writing and expository writing.
- Qualitative data from a 2014 study on the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in the USA suggested that students who participated in the DP during high school are more academically adjusted to the rigour and expectations of college.
Find out more about the IB programmes.