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Frequently Asked Questions about IB - International Baccalaureate

What is the International Baccalaureate Organization?

The IBO is a non-profit international educational organization that was established in 1968. The IBO offers to schools three programmes of international education that span the primary, middle and secondary school years. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is designed for students aged 3-12, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11-16, and the Diploma Programme (DP) for students aged 16-18. While these programmes form a continuous sequence, each may be offered independently. In all three programmes, the IBO offers schools curriculum materials, assessment procedures, teacher training workshops, school authorization, programme evaluation, and comprehensive support services in English, French and Spanish.

How many schools offer IB programmes?

IBO currently works with over 4,400 schools in about 150 countries. For further details, please visit http://www.ibo.org

What types of schools offer IB programmes?

IB programmes are offered by state schools, public schools, private schools and international schools across the world. However in India it is offered only by private schools.

Can any student enrol in an IB programme?

Any student who is at an IBO-authorized school may enrol in the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, the Diploma Programme and the Career- related Programme. The Diploma Programme (DP) is designed more for highly motivated students who hope to attend university; enrolment in the programme is at the discretion of the school.

I am an IB student. Who do I turn to with questions about the programmes?

The IB programme coordinators at your school are your best resource for information about IB programmes.

Can I use the curriculum of the PYP, MYP or DP to home school my child?

No. The IBO permits only students enrolled in and attending IBO authorized schools to participate in an IB programme.

How can my child enroll in an IB programme?

Each school establishes its own enrollment policies. We encourage you to contact the school’s IB coordinator to learn how to enroll your child. You can find the names and addresses of IB authorized schools, and the IB coordinator at those schools, at schools directory.

Can I transfer my credits from one IB authorized school to another?

The IBO regional offices work closely with schools to ensure that students of all ages can transfer without problems. However, the school makes the final decision.

What is the Primary Years Programme?

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is for students aged 3-12. It focuses on the development of the whole child, addressing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs, while giving students a strong foundation in all of the major areas of knowledge. The PYP strives to help children develop an international perspective to become aware of and sensitive to the points of view of people in other parts of the world.

What is the Middle Years Programme?

Middle Years Programme (MYP) is for students aged 11-16. Students in the MYP study all the major disciplines, including languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, technology and physical education. The MYP seeks to help students make connections between disciplines and to give them a global perspective, and encourages them to participate actively in their communities.

What is the Diploma Programme?

The Diploma Programme (DP), for students aged 16-19, is a two-year course of study that prepares students for university. It is a broad and balanced curriculum in which all DP students study languages, a social science, an experimental science, mathematics, and, normally, an arts subject. Wherever possible, the subjects are approached from an international perspective. The IB diploma is recognized, that is accepted by over 2,000 universities in about 100 countries, including all of North America, Western Europe, and Australia. At the same time, the DP generally allows students to fulfill the requirements of their national education system.