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Become an IB World School

To offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP) a school must first be authorized by the IB. We welcome schools that are willing to:

  • share the mission and commitment of the IB to quality international education
  • play an active and supporting role in the worldwide community of IB schools
  • share their knowledge and experience in the development of the IB programmes
  • commit to the professional development of teachers.

Our Primary Years Programme authorization process is designed to support schools in making the decision to become IB World Schools and to fully understand the nature and requirements of our programmes. Schools find this a challenging but rewarding process.

What next?

To take the first steps in becoming an IB World School authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme, please read the following documents, and complete the "intent to apply form".

These application forms should be read in conjunction with the following.

Other useful documents

Programme standards and practices

IB learner profile

Regional offices

The IB regional offices manage and support the process of authorization. The process is the same for all schools, even though it is administered slightly differently in each region.