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IB stands for International Baccalaureate and a school must be authorised to call themselves an IB school and teach the IB programme. Currently, over 4,000 schools worldwide teach International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. Check the IB website for more details.

A large component of the IB curriculum is focused on developing students’ awareness of their own learning styles and skills in order to become active lifelong learners. This also helps them to become more independent and self-motivated students. For this reason, the IB programme may be seen by some as quite academically rigorous and somewhat challenging.

A full IB school has the following programmes:

  • Primary Years Programme (PYP)- for students aged 3 to 12
  • Middle Years Programme (MYP)- for students aged 11-16
  • Diploma Programme (DP)- for students aged 16-19
  • Career-related Programme (CP) – for students aged 16-19

In the Middle East and Asia, some schools are full IB schools while other schools have the British, American, or another western curriculum for their students up until 16 years old (to do their IGCSE/ GCSE exams) and then they offer the Diploma Programme (DP) to them after that. Many schools offer both the A-level option and the DP option to their students.

For more information on the curriculums offered by schools in the Middle East and Asia, check out my video here.

This video is part of a FREE 5-Day “Find Your Ideal School in the Middle East and Asia” Challenge, which means there are 4 other videos (and a super ebook guide) in the series to learn from! The videos cover:

  • Video 1- Choose your ideal location(s)
  • Video 2- Understand the different school curriculums in the Middle East & Asia
  • Video 3- Public vs Private schools? (for profit/ not-for-profit)
  • Video 4- Where do these schools advertise jobs?
  • Video 5- Find out what the school is really like!

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