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International Baccalaureate Programme

Overview

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. Our four programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, we currently work with 3,871 schools in 148 countries to develop and offer four challenging programmes to over 1,216,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.

Facts & Figures

What would you like to know about the International Baccalaureate® (IB)? We publish a range of statistics and information regarding all aspects of our work. The main ones can be found in this section.

IB Fast Facts

For top level information at a glance, visit this page of key information about the IB.

IB World School statistics

We publish a range of statistics in order to provide information about IB World Schools. These statistics are updated daily.

 

Statistical bulletins

A statistical bulletin is published following each Diploma Programme examination session and the Middle Years Programme moderation session in June. Each statistical bulletin contains summary statistics of the results of that session.

Annual review

The IB annual review is compiled by the IB communications team and published each year in the spring.

School satisfaction survey

In order to ensure that we can constantly improve the quality of our service based on the needs and views of IB World Schools, we conduct an annual school satisfaction survey. Please find the result of 2012 school satisfaction survey here.

School satisfaction survey In order to ensure that we can constantly improve the quality of our service based on the needs and views of IB World Schools, we conduct an annual school satisfaction survey. Please find the result of 2012 school satisfaction survey here.

IB Annual Review

The annual review is a summary of progress made over the year based on a number of key indicators.

The IB annual review is compiled by the IB communications team and published at the Council Annual General Meeting in April/May.

Annual review 2013

Related information

Previous Annual Reviews

IB Fast Facts

Mission

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the IB works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Find out more – Mission & Strategy

 


Main Activities

The IB works in four areas:

  • Development of curriculum
  • Assessment of students
  • Training and professional development of teachers
  • Authorization and evaluation of schools

Size

The IB offers four programmes for students aged 3 to 19. The programmes can be offered individually or as a continuum by IB World Schools.

 

What Makes IB Unique

  • We offer a continuum of education, consisting of four programmes for students aged 3 to 19.
  • We are proud of our reputation for high quality education sustained for over 35 years.
  • We encourage international-mindedness in IB students. To do this, we believe that students must first develop an understanding of their own cultural and national identity.
  • We encourage a positive attitude to learning by encouraging students to ask challenging questions, to critically reflect, to develop research skills, to learn how to learn and to participate in community service.
  • We ensure that our programmes are accessible to students in a wide variety of schools—national, international, public and private—through our unique relationship with IB World Schools worldwide.

Find out more

Staffing

The IB employs staff/representatives in Beijing, Buenos Aires, Cardiff, Geneva, Mumbai, New York, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Vancouver.

Find out more—IB offices.

The IB works with more than 5,000 examiners located worldwide. IB examiners are frequently teachers. Each subject has a chief examiner who is always a senior university academic with international standing in their subject.

Budget

The main sources of IB income are:

  •  authorization and evaluation fees
  • workshops and conferences
  • publications
  • annual school fee
  • examination fees
  • other.

Find out more—Information for donors.

Governance

The IB is governed by an elected 17-member Board of Governors, which appoints the director general, sets the strategic direction of the organization, adopts a mission statement, makes policy, oversees the IB’s financial management, and ensures the autonomy and integrity of IB Diploma Programme examinations and other student assessment. Board membership represents cultural and geographical diversity.

Find out more—IB governance.

Strategy

The strategic plan of the IB addresses the key issues facing the IB—sustaining high quality and encouraging wider access in the context of rapid growth.

Find out more—Strategic plan.

Growth

One-year growth by programme

Programme(s) Jul 2013 Jul 2014 increase
PYP 1,053 1,179 11.97%
MYP 989 1,100 11.22%
DP 2,407 2,585 7.40%
Total programmes 4,449 4,864 9.33%

Five-year growth by programme

Programme(s) Jul 2009 Jul 2014 increase CAGR
PYP 507 1,179 132.54% 18.39%
MYP 599 1,100 83.64% 12.93%
DP 1,838 2,585 40.64% 7.06%
Total programmes 2,944 4,864 65.22% 10.56%

CAGR is Compound Annual Growth Rate

Legal status

A foundation registered in Switzerland. The IB is non-profit.

July 2014

Useful documents

Annual review

Learner profile

IB World Statistics

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) publishes a range of statistics in order to provide information about IB World Schools. These statistics are updated daily.

About our statistics

Q. Why are the number of schools and programmes not the same?

A. Because the IB offers three programmes, many schools choose to teach more than one programme. Therefore, the number of programmes available in IB World Schools is higher than the number of schools.

Statistical Bulletins

Statistical bulletins are produced following each Diploma Programme examination session, and following the Middle Years Programme moderation session in June.

Each statistical bulletin contains summary statistics for the session as well as comparisons with previous years.