International Baccalaureate Program

About the International Baccalaureate Organization:

The IB Organization was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968.  In its early years, the program consisted of a common set of pre-college exams for students throughout the world, creating an international educational standard.  Today, the organization oversees four unique programs serving children between 3 and 19 years of age.  The programs promote high academic standards, international understanding, and positive attitudes towards learning. 

Schools can choose to offer any combination of programs based on the needs of their student population. Initial authorization as an IB World School typically takes 2-3 years of intensive consideration and professional development, and schools commit to continued training, growth, and development to sustain their involvement.

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About IB at CCES:

CCES offers the IB Primary Years Program at the Lower School level and the IB Diploma Program at the Upper School level.

Lower School:

The Primary Years Program is a school-wide curriculum in which every Lower School student participates. According to the IB organization, “In the PYP a balance is sought between acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes, and taking of responsible action.”  Subject areas are organized around six inter-disciplinary themes, and the development of PYP Attitudes are integrated into the school day through classroom discussion and activities.  The culminating project of the Primary Years Program is the fourth-grade Exhibition, in which classes research and take steps to alleviate a real-world problem, then create a presentation of their findings to family and fellow students. Click here for more information about the Primary Years Program in the CCES Lower School.

Upper School:

The IB Diploma Program is offered on a voluntary basis to Upper School students in grades 11 and 12. Currently, about 25 percent of each class has elected to participate.  Students take six IB courses in major subject areas, three at Standard Level and three at Higher Level. The IB Learner Profile is integrated into all IB course work. Their exams at the completion of each course are graded by faculty across the world. Other course requirements include the Extended Essay, a Theory of Knowledge course, and a “Creativity, Activity, Service” extra-curricular activity.  Click here for more information at the IB Diploma at the CCES Upper School.