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International Baccalaureate®

IB world school

What is an IB Education?

International Baccalaureate (IB) is a framework, not a curriculum.  The programme follows three guiding principles (holistic learning, intercultural awareness, and communication), with the goal of developing inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. 

IB students are self-reliant learners, interested in discovery, learning, application, and learning about the environment and cultures around them. 

These students will:

  • ask challenging questions
  • think critically
  • learn across disciplines
  • develop research skills proven to help them in higher education

How Do We Help Develop Students?

Parents who want the best possible education for their children choose this programme because it includes:

Higher Reasoning

Rigorous Learning Objectives

Ensures breadth and depth of understanding through study in eight subject groups.

Self Esteem

Student-Centered Learning

Provides students opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and mindset they need to be successful.
Respect For Cultures

International Perspectives

Helps students appreciate their own culture and personal history, as well as the values and traditions
of others.

Respect For Cultures


Every student in the program will have a language class.

Holistic Education

Develop Learning Strategies

Students focus on approaches to learning with a critical lens and evaluate application of their knowledge in real-world scenarios.

The IB programme is guided by six themes:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organize ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

These themes are transdisciplinary. Together they provide children with authentic learning experiences that are not confined to the boundaries of traditional subjects.

Inside a PYP classroom

Understanding the IB Programmes

IB Primary Years Programme

The Primary Years Programme (K-4)

The Primary Year Progamme (PYP) encourages students to learn to appreciate knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills and personal attributes as a connected whole. PYP students drive their own learning, see themselves as inquirers, problem solvers and global citizens.

middle years programme

The Middle Years Programme*

The Middle Year Progamme (MYP) is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.

*Sussman is an IB Candidate School for the Middle Years Programme.“This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education that Sussman believes is important for our students.”

Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

To learn more about the IB, visit www.ibo.org.