The IB offers four programmes that span the years from 3-19. The programmes can be offered individually or as a continuum.
The programmes develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. There are more than 1,050,000 IB students at 3,463 schools in 143 countries.
- The Primary Years Programme for students aged 3 to 12 focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.
- The Middle Years Programme for students aged 11 to 16 provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills, achieved through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.
- The Diploma Programme for students aged 16 to 19 is a demanding two-year curriculum leading to final examinations and a qualification that is welcomed by leading universities around the world.
- The Career-related Programme for students aged 16 to 19 is a two-year curriculum addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education. The programme leads to further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment.
Quality assurance and professional development
Any school, or group of schools, wishing to offer one or more International Baccalaureate programmes as an IB World School must first be authorized. The requirements are the same for all schools, and the procedure is designed to ensure that schools are well prepared to implement the programme successfully. All IB World Schools are required to participate in an ongoing process of review and development, using the same programme standards and practices.
As part of its ongoing commitment to the development of a highly skilled global learning community, the IB provides a wide range of high-quality professional development opportunities to help new, experienced and expert school leaders and educators understand, support, and successfully deliver IB programmes reflecting IB standards and practices.