The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. IB helps to develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
Founded in 1968, IB currently works with 3,083 schools in 139 countries to develop and offer three challenging programmes to over 880,000 students. IB is offering high quality international education that encourages positive attitude to learning.
IB offers three programmes for students aged 3 to 19.
- The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for pupils aged 3 to 12 focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.
- The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16 provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.
- The Diploma Programme (DP) for students aged 16 to 19 is a demanding two-year curriculum that meets the needs of highly motivated students, and leads to a qualification that is recognized by leading universities around the world.
What is so special about IB programmes?
Universities around the world, including world’s leading universities, accept and welcome students with IB Diploma. IB Diploma is also accepted by Estonian universities.
IB encourages positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to think critically, ask challenging questions and be pro-active. It provides students with planning and time management, communication, research and language skills. IB teaches how to learn and understand that there is more to learning than academic studies alone.
The possibility to choose high and standard level subjects gives students the freedom of concentrating on the areas of study that interest them the most. At the same time they also gain in-depth knowledge of the standard level subjects.
The curriculum and pedagogy of IB programmes focus on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language.
IB teachers participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.
Teachers in IB are more like colleagues or guides who help the student reach their highest achievements through full understanding of the material. This ensures that students remember the material for a long time.
Many students graduating from the Diploma Programme find that it enhances their opportunities to get into the best universities around the world.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and Extended Essay (EE) encourage students to participate in creative and service-oriented activities, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level.