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What is an IB Education?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a global leader in education—empowering students to take ownership of their learning and make sense of the complexities of the rapidly changing world. IB programmes develop future-ready, resilient, self-motivated young people who have the knowledge, skills, and sense of purpose they need to thrive throughout their lives and contribute to making the world a better place.

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An IB education teaches students to value learning as an integral part of their everyday lives. All IB programmes share a powerful vision and commitment to the following:

For over 50 years, IB programmes have provided a robust, consistent framework that is flexibly tailored according to the culture and context of individual schools.
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What Makes IB Different?

The IB aims to do more than other curricula. It is unique because of its academic and personal rigor, challenging students to excel in their studies and individual growth. The IB aims to inspire a quest for learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy. The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students, who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations. 


At the heart of the IB is the Learner Profile, a holistic set of aspirational qualities, or learning outcomes, for the 21st century that embody what is meant by “international-mindedness.”


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The IB gives students...

distinct advantages by building their critical and creative thinking skills, nurturing curiosity and the ability to solve complex problems.


At St. Mary’s, we offer two IB Programmes.



In the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the IB’s youngest students learn about and use knowledge, concepts and skills from a variety of subjects to explore units of inquiry within six transdisciplinary themes. 

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world and culminates in the community project. MYP students are well-prepared to undertake the rigors of high school, including the IB Diploma Programme if desired.