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The International Baccalaureate program

(Heartlessly ripped from the arms of Wikipedia...)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a group of three educational programmes, as established by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

These three programmes are the following:
IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for pupils aged 3 to 12
IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) for pupils aged 11 to 16
IB Diploma Programme (DP) for pupils aged 16 to 19

The programmes are modelled after educational systems from around the world, without being based on any particular one, but incorporating breadth of study at all levels. The Diploma Programme started in 1968 at the International School of Geneva, the Middle Years programme was introduced in 1994, and the Primary Years Programme in 1997. Their rigour and high standards have ensured their wide recognition throughout the world, reputedly being looked upon favourably as a qualification by formidable tertiary institutions such as the Ivy League of American universities, and Oxbridge, amongst others.[citation needed] As of 2006, the programmes are currently being taught to over 500,000 students.

The International Baccalaureate Programme is also a common misnomer used to refer to one of these programmes (most frequently the IB Diploma Programme). High schools often advertise that they offer the “International Baccalaureate Programme,” in which case it is obvious that they are referring to the DP as it is the only one of the three programmes intended for students of senior high school age.


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Feb. 3rd, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
we had this at our school, but we had to continuously lobby so that we could get a bus that would take us there since it was further away than another school that offered fewer programs. I don't think anyone from my hometown gets to take it anymore.
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