Benefits for schools

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The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers significant benefits to schools.

If you choose to become an IB World School, you will gain access to:

  • high quality programmes of education, which support development of knowledgeable and inquiring students
  • professional development that supports effective educators and collaborative professional learning communities
  • a worldwide network of highly respected IB World Schools, working together to share best practice.

To offer one or more IB programmes and to take advantage of many of the IB’s professional development opportunities, your school will need to become authorized as an IB World School.

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High-performing students

Research shows that students in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) performed better than non-IB students in a global International Schools’ Assessment study that ran from 2009-2011.

Further research indicates that Diploma Programme (DP) graduates complete college faster than their peers, feel more prepared for college-level coursework involving research, and are better able to cope with demanding workloads and time-management challenges.

Read other IB research and learn more about each of our programmes of education.

Stimulating professional development

The IB offers extensive professional development for staff at IB World Schools. There are face-to-face and online learning opportunities nearly every day of the year.

Read about IB professional development opportunities.  

Programme support 

IB World Schools work within a global community, creating frequent opportunities for shared learning and collaboration with others.

  • IB community video library

    A video library is available to help your community discover and share the IB experience. This series introduces viewers to a global network of engaged, passionate teachers and learners. 

    The IB Community series is on Vimeo and YouTube