The first program offered by the International Baccalaureate (IB) was the Diploma Programme, offered beginning in 1968. Over the past fifty-plus years, International Baccalaureate grew from its initial focus on the children of diplomats, to become recognized around the world for quality and progressive education. Parents rely on knowing IB schools meet the high standards of IB curriculum, no matter the location. The Diploma Programme (DP) is respected for more than how the rigorous courses challenge students, because the IB approach helps students succeed at the best colleges and universities. The IB's prestigious programs now span from elementary school through high school and include a career education program.
IB's four programs "focus on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right questions is a crucial skill that will allow them to flourish long after they’ve left our programmes. " --ibo.org
There are currently over 5,000 IB schools worldwide in over 150 countries.
The International Baccalaureate invests much time and effort in research and development. This results in quality assessments, regular updating of curriculum, concrete student outcome data and support for schools. Aspects of IB have been emulated by Common Core and Advanced Placement, showing IB has been ahead of the curve in education.
The website for International Baccalaurate, ibo.org, is a great source for parents to learn more about IB philosophy and programs, and the benefits of IB.