What is the International Baccalaureate Program?
The International Baccalaureate program is a comprehensive and fully developed curriculum with an international focus. Highly motivated, self-disciplined, and committed students who have the academic potential to complete a challenging course are encouraged to participate in the program. Students can choose to participate in the IB program in one of two ways: IB Diploma or IB Certificate. The IB Diploma Program involves six areas of study that lead to IB examinations. All IB Diploma candidates are required to complete at least three higher-level (two-year) courses and three standard-level (one-year) courses during the junior and senior years. In addition to completing these courses, Diploma candidates must also successfully complete the core components of the IB program, including Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, and CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service). IB Certificate candidates may select one or more IB courses in the junior or senior year that lead to IB examinations. These students do not complete Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, or CAS.
Colleges and universities internationally recognize the efforts and achievements of IB students, and successful IB Diploma and Certificate candidates are often given special consideration by university admissions or credit transfer offices. Many universities have learned that the successful IB student will be a successful college student. Additionally, the IB curriculum provides students with an opportunity to earn college credit for course work completed in high school. For the most current information regarding university recognition of IB course work, go to www.ibo.org/country/US and look for IB Diploma Program Recognition.
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