International Baccalaureate Mission Statement:
"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right."
The IB Diploma Program:
The IB Diploma Program is a demanding pre-university course of studies, leading to examinations, designed for highly motivated secondary school students. Conceived as a comprehensive two-year curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfill requirements of various national educational systems, the diploma model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of several. Its reputation for rigorous assessment gives IB diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities and solid preparation for high achievement once enrolled.
Diploma candidates are required to select one subject from each of the six subject groups. At least three subjects are taken at the higher level (240 teaching hours) and 3 at the standard level (150 teaching hours). Students must also enroll in Theory of Knowledge (TOK) for two years, complete a 4000 word Extended Essay, and fulfill the Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) requirement.