“International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge. By focusing on the dynamic combination of knowledge, skills, independent, critical, and creative thought and international-mindedness, the IB espouses the principle of educating the whole person for a life of active, responsible citizenship. Underlying the three programmes is the concept of education of the whole person as a lifelong process.” (www.ibo.org, The Learner Profile booklet)
Back in 1976, ISD was one of the first schools worldwide to become an IB world school.
The three IB programmes are
- the IB Primary Years Programme (at ISD, this is the programme for Reception through Grade 5)
- the IB Middle Years Programme (at ISD, this is the programme for grades 6 to 10)
- the IB Diploma Programme (at ISD, this is the programme for grades 11 and 12)
The IB Primary, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes are authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organization (www.ibo.org). This involves an initial authorisation process (similar to the accreditation process) in each programme, and regular (five year) reviews.