What Is ‘International Baccalaureate’?

by NYC Firm Schools on September 3, 2011

Several Firm Schools in New York City already use the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and a few others are now contemplating whether they will adopt it. But what is the IB curriculum all about?

You can learn more about the International Baccalaureate at the IBS website, but for now the NYC Firm Schools Blog will give you a brief overview.

The International Baccalaureate Organization was founded in 1968 and currently has its curriculum, designed for children ages 3 through 19, in 141 countries and more than 3,000 schools. The emphasis is on developing emotional, personal, intellectual, and social skills to make children more equipped to live in the 21st century and a global community.

There are three programs in the International Baccalaureate curriculum.

The first program is for children ages 3 through 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world. The second program, for the middle years between 11 and 16, offers a challenging academic regimen and life skills by transcending the limits of traditional classroom coursework. The Diploma Program is for older children ages 16 to 19. This is a two-year program that prepares students for study at university.

An international education is designed to prepare students for interacting with people from other cultures. Therefore, an emphasis on respect for others’ differences and language is placed at the center of the education. Students are encouraged to follow their natural curiosities.

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