Associations of IB World Schools (AIBWS) are groups, formed by school practitioners of the International Baccalaureate (IB), which provide mutual support to the community of IB World Schools.
These AIBWS are organized in various ways, sizes and constituencies, depending on their local circumstances. They provide a forum for school collaboration, hold periodic meetings, delivering professional development and share best practices among members.
AIBWS are an indispensable resource for schools considering candidacy with IB, offer a wealth of IB experience and support in all IB programmes. AIBWS are often active at district, state or government level raising awareness of IB within their area of representation.
The IB works closely with AIBWS, as they provide a collective voice for the school members of the association. The IB communicates regularly with the association and listens to the concerns that they raise on behalf of their members.
All AIBWS are independent entities that are neither run nor managed by the IB. AIBWS are required to sign an agreement with the IB every three years to maintain their recognized status.
Benefits of becoming an Association of IB World Schools
AIBWS are listed on the IB’s website and in the IB World Schools yearbook, published by John Catt.
The IB also developed a distinct logo for recognized associations to showcase their relationship with the IB. You can access the logo here. This logo may be used on websites, publications and other communications to denote their status. You can find brief guidelines on how to use the logo here (PDF, 5.8 MB).
The AIBWS can use IB materials in the same way as IB World Schools. AIBWS also attend meetings with and can seek advice from the regional offices.
These AIBWS also work in partnership with the IB to improve university and government recognition for the IB programmes.
Applying to become a recognized Association of IB World Schools
IB World Schools who wish to be recognized by the IB as an AIBWS must first determine whether they meet the criteria for recognition. Please read the documents below for more information.
The IB values its relationships with AIBWS, as well as the IB World Schools Manager and IB Development Manager for the region,and therefore has appointed an IB Associations Co-ordinator for dedicated support to AIBWS who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in establishing an AIBWS, please contact your regional office below.
- Africa, Europe and the Middle East (AEM) – email@example.com
- Americas (AM) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Asia-Pacific (AP) – email@example.com
Associations of IB World Schools
Please see below all our recognized AIBWS
Africa, Europe and Middle East
Agrupación de Centros de BI en España (ACBIE)
Tel: +34 6675 34647
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
Caucasus and Central Asia Association of IB World Schools (CCAAIBWS)
Tel: +994 51 777 2879
CIS (incl. Russia)
IB Schools Association of Commonwealth Independent States (IBSA)
Tel: +7 499 255 0070
Association of German International Schools (AGIS)
Tel: +49 1761 022 4981
Association of IB World Schools in Turkey (TIBSA)
Tel: +90 532 6532 575
Jordan Association of IB World Schools (Jo-AIBWS)
Tel: +96 79 559 9357
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Saudi IB Association (SIBA)
Tel: +966 557 658 510
Association of IB World Schools in Lebanon
Tel: +961 7150 2875
United Arabic Emirates
UAE Association of IB World Schools (IBAE)
Tel: +97 150 631 6719
British Columbia Association of IB World Schools (BCAIBWS)
Tel: +1 250 933 8029
Société des écoles du monde du BI du Québec et de la francophonie (SEBIQ)
Tel: +1 450 593 33 93
Asociación de Colegios del Bachillerato Internacional del Rio de la Plata (ACCBIRP)
Tel: + 549 114 078 4222
Asociación Chilena del Bachillerato Internacional (ACHBI)
Tel: +569 9331 5395
Asociación Andina de Colegios de Bachillerato Internacional (AACBI)
Tel: +57 1 6761503
Asociación de Colegios del BI de Costa Rica (ASOBITICO)
Tel: +506 2220-0131 ext. 157
Asociación Ecuatoriana de Coordinadores de Colegios B.I. (ASECCBI)
Tel: +593 987673197
Asociación Uruguaya de Colegios de Bachillerato Internacional (AUCBI)
Tel: +598 9812 3510
Asociación de Colegios Del Mundo BI de Venezuela (COMUBIVE)
Tel: +58 412 488 3254
Rocky Mountain Association of IB World Schools (IBARMS)
Tel: +1 720 878 7430
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania (East), Rhode Island, Vermont
Guild of IB Schools of the Northeast (GIBS)
Tel: +1 212 724 6360 x 318
Delaware, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia
Mid-Atlantic Association of IB World Schools (IBMA)
Tel: +1 608 238 1284
South Carolina Association of IB World Schools (SCIBS)
Wisconsin Association of IB World Schools (WAIBWS)
Tel: +1 414 688 5889
IB Association of Japan
Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan
Chong Wa International Baccalaureate Schools Association (CISA)
Tel: +86 1371 152 0841
Association of IB World Schools in Pakistan (IBPAK)
Tel: +92 21 3583 5805-6
Cooperation with other groups of schools
In addition to the work with the AIBWS and in order to support our IB World Schools, the IB communicates and collaborates with the following groups: