What it Means Being a Part of the IB

Written by BFIS Staff

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a global, non-profit educational foundation that offers an internationally recognized curriculum for students aged 3 to 19. 

The IB provides a framework of academic excellence that focuses on developing critical thinking, creativity and communication skills within a rigorous framework and comprehensive learning experience

Schools that are part of the IB pursue their mission to create a better world through education by providing students with the opportunity to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners. 

In this article, we explore what it means for schools to be part of the IB and how this programme can benefit students both academically and personally.

Overview of the International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a globally recognized educational program that offers challenging and rigorous courses to students aged 3 to 19. Founded in 1968, the IB aims to develop well-rounded individuals who are not only academically competent but also socially responsible and culturally aware.

The program consists of four main programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), and the Career-related Programme (CP). Each programme is tailored to meet the specific needs of students at different stages of their academic journey.

At BFIS we have been offering the IB Diploma Programme (DP) since 2011 and we are an Middle Years Programme (MYP) candidate school and so we have started the journey to begin fully implementing the MYP

Students who complete an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme  are highly sought after by universities around the world due to their excellent academic preparation, strong interpersonal skills, and cultural sensitivity.

But what about the schools themselves? What benefits do they receive from joining the IBO?

Benefits for Schools Joining the IB

Firstly, schools that join the IB become part of an international network of educators and students who share a commitment to high-quality education. This network provides opportunities for collaboration and sharing best practices with other schools around the world.

One of the main benefits to a school community is the enhanced consistency of approach to the learning and teaching framework. Assessment is benchmarked and schools are authorized through a periodic self study and team visit to deliver each of the programmes separately. This means that there are checks and balances and a high bar is set for excellence in teaching and assessing and feedback to students that that allows them to  learn from their mistakes

Schools also gain access to a wide range of professional development opportunities for their teachers, including workshops and online courses. This also includes a worldwide professional network of educators who share ideas and are thought partners in the craft of teaching.

Also, joining the IB enhances the school’s reputation both locally and internationally with teachers who are potential new employees and families looking for proven excellence for their child’s education.

The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are prepared to contribute to creating a better world through intercultural understanding and respect. This focus on holistic development and fostering of global perspectives is the other benefit that schools can enjoy by joining the IB.

Impact on Students and Learning Outcomes

The IB program’s capacity to foster students’ intellectual curiosity is one of its most notable impacts.  The curriculum challenges students to think critically and consider alternative viewpoints on a range of subjects.

This enhances students’ research abilities while assisting them in developing a deeper knowledge of difficult ideas. Students are also encouraged to take part in community service projects that develop their social responsibility. In fact, taking positive action locally and globally is deeply baked into the framework and expectations of the programme.

Additionally, research has indicated that IBDP graduates are more likely than classmates who did not take the programme to continue their education at prestigious universities and research has shown that they are more successful when they get to university than their peers.


Here’s a list outlining the key aspects of the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile:

Inquirers: They are curious and eager to acquire knowledge. They develop their skills in research and are enthusiastic learners.

Knowledgeable: They explore a wide range of topics and disciplines. They strive to develop a deep understanding of concepts.

Thinkers: They use critical and creative thinking skills to approach problems and make informed decisions.

Communicators: They express ideas effectively through various forms of communication and actively listen to others.

Principled: They act with integrity, honesty, and a strong sense of fairness. They take responsibility for their actions.

Open-minded: They respect and appreciate different cultures, perspectives, and ideas. They are willing to consider alternative views.

Caring: They show empathy, compassion, and respect towards others. They strive to make a positive impact on their community.

Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations with courage and resilience. They are willing to take calculated risks.

Balanced: They strive for well-rounded development, balancing academic, physical, emotional, and social aspects of life.

Reflective: They think critically about their own learning, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and set goals for improvement.


In conclusion, being a part of the IB comes with numerous benefits for both students and educators. The IB programmes offer a rigorous and holistic approach to education that prepares students for success in higher education and beyond. As an educator, being a part of the IB community provides opportunities for professional development, networking with like-minded individuals, and access to resources that enhance teaching practices.

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