IB fast facts
One page of key information about the IB
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the IB works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Find out more—Mission and strategy.
The IB works in four areas.
- Development of curriculum
- Assessment of students
- Training and professional development of teachers
- Authorization and evaluation of schools
The IB works with 3,725 schools in 147 countries to offer the four IB programmes to approximately 1,166,000 students.
The IB offers four programmes for students aged 3 to 19. The programmes can be offered individually or as a continuum by IB World Schools.
- The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students aged 3 to 12 started in 1997 and is now offered by
1,129 IB World Schools.
Primary Years Programme at a glance
- The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16 started in 1994 and is now offered by
1,061 IB World Schools.
Middle Years Programme at a glance
- The Diploma Programme for students aged 16 to 19 started in 1968 with first examinations in 1970 and is now offered by
2,470 IB World Schools.
Diploma Programme at a glance
- The Career-related Certificate (IBCC) for students aged 16 to 19 is a new programme within the IB. IB Career-related Certificate at a glance
What makes the IB unique
- We offer a continuum of education, consisting of four programmes for students aged 3 to 19.
- We are proud of our reputation for high quality education sustained for over 35 years.
- We encourage international-mindedness in IB students. To do this, we believe that students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity.
- We encourage a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to critically reflect, to develop research skills, to learn how to learn and to participate in community service.
- We ensure that our programmes are accessible to students in a wide variety of schools—national, international, public and private—through our unique relationship with IB World Schools worldwide.
Find out more—What makes the IB unique?
The IB employs staff/representatives in Beijing, Buenos Aires, Cardiff, Geneva, Mumbai, New York, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Vancouver.
Find out more—IB offices.
The IB works with more than 5,000 examiners located worldwide. IB examiners are frequently teachers. Each subject has a chief examiner who is always a senior university academic with international standing in their subject.
The main sources of IB income are:
- authorization and evaluation fees
- workshops and conferences
- annual school fee
- examination fees
Find out more—Information for donors.
The IB is governed by an elected 17-member Board of Governors, which appoints the director general, sets the strategic direction of the organization, adopts a mission statement, makes policy, oversees the IB's financial management, and ensures the autonomy and integrity of IB Diploma Programme examinations and other student assessment. Board membership represents cultural and geographical diversity.
Find out more—IB governance.
The strategic plan of the IB addresses the key issues facing the IB—sustaining high quality and encouraging wider access in the context of rapid growth.
Find out more—Strategic plan.
One-year growth by programme
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Five-year growth by programme
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CAGR is Compound Annual Growth Rate
A foundation registered in Switzerland. The IB is non-profit.