Why the IB

Empowering learners to thrive and make a difference 

The International Baccalaureate’s (IB) four progressive educational programmes are highly regarded for developing well-rounded individuals, confident in more than one language, and skilled for success. As a result, IB students excel and our teachers are engaged and motivated. The IB is renowned worldwide for excellence.

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More information about the IB programmes


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    Primary Years Programme (PYP)

    A child-centred approach that sparks curiosity and creativity, while building passion and skills for lifelong learning. Your school will benefit from a framework that delivers transformational outcomes, yet is flexible enough to adapt to your culture, community and national requirements.

  • MYP

    Middle Years Programme (MYP)

    An interdisciplinary and inquiry-based curriculum framework that balances the cognitive, social and emotional aspects of learning so that students develop personal understanding, an emerging sense of self and responsibility in their community.


  • DP

    Diploma Programme (DP)

    A world-class preparation for university that develops superior academic ability, confidence, critical‑thinking and language skills. Your school will enjoy a reputation for developing highly qualified students, with the best preparation for university and life beyond.

  • CP

    Career-related Programme (CP)

    An exciting and innovative programme that combines a quality academic foundation with real hands-on career experience. The adaptable hybrid framework allows learning to be designed or tailored to specific contexts, cultures and student interests and, as a result, enables schools to cater for every student’s needs.


"The way the DP is taught makes learning really engaging and I’m genuinely interested in all of my subjects. The education we are given is incredibly current and we’re learning how to become a good citizen.” — Julia Bartholomeusz, an IB student in Singapore


“For schools looking at quality international education, there’s no better way of doing it than choosing the IB’s approach which is research-based, holistic and constantly improving.” — Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent at Cebu International School in The Philippines

“The IB’s approaches to teaching and learning gives students the skills to navigate the 21st century. These skills are developed across the whole programme, and not just one part of it.” Tony Sweeney, DP Coordinator, Sendai Ikuei Gakuen High School Japan


“IB students are more likely to be successful at university than their peers. They are more likely to get 1st class degrees than A-level students, and they’re also more likely study master’s or PhD qualifications.” — Professor Richard Harvey, Academic Director of Admissions, University of East Anglia