The IB at a glance
What makes the IB unique?
The IB offers a continuum of high-quality education that encourages international-mindedness and a positive attitude to learning. Our programmes are accessible to students in 125 countries through our close cooperation with the worldwide community of IB World Schools.
The IB is unique:
We offer a continuum of education, consisting of three individual programmes. We span the years from kindergarten to a pre-university diploma. While we are traditionally known for the Diploma Programme, IB World Schools increasingly offer all three programmes.
We are proud of our reputation for high-quality education sustained for over 35 years. Our curriculum represents the best from many different countries rather than the exported national system of any one. Our challenging Diploma Programme assessment is recognized by the world’s leading universities. We maintain our high standards by actively training and supporting teachers, and by authorizing and evaluating IB World Schools.
We encourage international-mindedness in IB students. To do this, we believe that students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. All IB students learn a second language and the skills to live and work with others internationally—essential for life in the 21st century.
We encourage a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to critically reflect, to develop research skills, and to learn how to learn. We encourage community service because we believe that there is more to learning than academic studies alone.
We ensure that our programmes are accessible to students in a wide variety of schools—national, international, public and private—in 125 countries. These IB World Schools form a worldwide community in which there is no such thing as a “typical” school (more than 50% of IB students are in state-funded schools). IB World Schools cooperate in curriculum development, student assessment and the governance of the IB, making this a unique international collaboration:
What is in the curriculum?
The curriculum contains six subject groups together with a core made up of three separate parts.
Students study six subjects selected from each of the 6 subject groups(Group 1:Language; Group 2:Second language; Group 3:Individuals and Societies; Group 4:Experimental Sciences; Group 5:Mathematics and Computer Science; Group 6:The Arts). Normally three subjects are studied at higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours), and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (courses representing 150 teaching hours).
All three parts of the core—extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action, service—are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.
Diploma Programme at a glance
What are the three core requirements?
The three core requirements are:
theory of knowledge
creativity, action, service.
All Diploma Programme students must engage in these three activities.
The extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.
Theory of knowledge (TOK)
The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
Creativity, action, service (CAS)
Participation in the school’s CAS programme encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work, thus fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena.
What does the IB Diploma program consist of(8 slides):
The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, Kenya; Diploma program
The Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, Kenya; Primary years program
FIRST IB STUDENTS AT AGA KHAN ACADEMY MOMBASA