The IB's authorization process thoroughly supports and prepares a school to teach one or more IB programmes. In order to become an IB World School, a school must be authorized by the IB to offer one or more IB programmes.
The authorization process has three primary aims.
- To provide guidance and support to schools as they work towards authorization
- To confirm that the school is prepared to offer the IB programme with fidelity to the IB’s programme standards and practices, rules and regulations
- To plan for ongoing development and improvement after authorization as an IB World School
The authorization process comprises several stages. Each stage has distinct objectives, tasks and costs.
The authorization process comprises the same phases and activities across IB programmes while also incorporating programme-specific activities that relate to each programme’s characteristics and requirements.
Projecting your timeline
There are no set deadlines or timeframes for any stage of authorization. The authorization process is school-focused and -driven, allowing each school to determine its own readiness for each successive stage in the process. Readiness is based on the school satisfactorily completing the milestones in each phase, and considering the advice provided by IB educators and staff.
Download a copy of the “Projecting your timeline” chart that schools can use to begin planning their authorization timeline.
From the moment your school becomes a candidate school, you will be given a direct point of contact, known as your programme relationship manager, at the IB. This person will provide specialized support throughout your candidacy.
The resource library contains key documents and relevant resources to support you through the authorization process.
Read more about the different phases in the authorization process:
During the consideration phase, the school familiarizes itself with the IB’s philosophy and structure, as well as the programme requirements.
Request for candidacy
During the request for candidacy phase, the school begins the authorization process by gathering the information needed to complete the school profile and “Application for candidacy”.
During the candidacy phase, the school will deepen its knowledge of the IB’s philosophy and the programme in which it is interested, as it takes the actions necessary to meet the IB’s requirements for authorization.