Services for IB World Schools

In return for their fees, schools receive the following services for each programme they are authorized to teach.

Curriculum services

  • Full access to a world-class curriculum that is comprehensively researched, and regularly reviewed and updated according to a published plan
  • A transdisciplinary framework in the Primary Years Programme
  • Eight subject groups, a community project and a personal project, and interdisciplinary leaning in the Middle Years Programme
  • Over 200 subjects, and two levels, in the Diploma Programme
  • Extensive teacher participation in the review cycle to ensure that the curriculum is up to date relevant and reflects best practice from around the world
  • A wide range of curriculum publications to support teachers

Secure access to the online curriculum centre (OCC) for every teacher

  • An online community of over 30,000 teachers from over 120 countries at the OCC
  • Organized by curriculum area, with additional areas relating to librarians, special educational needs, academic honesty and research
  • Contains news and information, IB curriculum and assessment publications, a teacher resource exchange and discussion forums

Programme evaluation in schools

  • A self-study process required every five years in all IB World Schools, supported by the IB with reports and school visits where appropriate
  • A reflective exercise that involves the entire school community and aims to improve practice, identify strengths and weaknesses, and determine areas for future focus—reinforcing the support and commitment for the programme from all stakeholders in the community

*Please consult your regional office for information on the cost structure for programme evaluation.

Communications and recognition services

Communication and marketing support

  • Use of the IB World School name and logo to indicate a school's unique international status and involvement with the IB. Authorized schools may use the IB World School name and logo free of charge.
  • Four subscriptions to our official magazine, IB World, which is published three times a year to keep everyone informed about the news and events across the IB community
  • A dedicated school page on the IB website, with your school details and links to your school website - over one million pages downloaded every month in English, French and Spanish
  • Automatic inclusion in the schools directory section of the annual IB World School Yearbook, which is distributed to embassies, consulates and education ministries around the world 

Governance, representation and networking

  • The opportunity to vote in regional elections of representatives to the IB governance structure
  • Representation through a participative governance structure including the regional heads representative committees, regional advisory committees, the international heads representative committee and the Council of Foundation
  • The opportunity to attend international IB conferences including regional conferences of IB World Schools and the biennial world conference of IB heads/principals (a conference fee per participant is charged)

Assistance with university and government recognition

  • Regional offices continually seek to improve recognition of our programmes by universities and governments

Support and advice

  • Support from IB Answers on all aspects of being an IB World School
  • Professional support in all parts of the curriculum and in cross-curricular areas such as special educational needs
  • Access to IBIS (the IB extranet) for tasks necessary to administer the programmes.

By-request services

In addition to the core services, the IB offers a number of optional services that schools can request when needed. In each case, a fee is charged.

For example:

Middle Years Programme

  • The monitoring of assessment service—when a school sends samples of internally assessed student work and receives feedback from an experienced Middle Years Programme assessor in the form of a report

Diploma Programme

  • The enquiry upon results service—when a school or student has further queries about a result achieved in IB assessment
  • The legalization service—where a country requires the IB diploma to be formally "legalized" in Geneva before it will be recognized by a university