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What is the International Baccalaureate?

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Known for its academic rigor and highly respected among colleges and universities across the United States and abroad, the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum is comprised of the Primary Years Program (3K - Grade 5), the Middle Years Program (Grades 6 - 10), Diploma Program (Grades 11 - 12).

Each program both stands alone and builds upon the other, culminating in inquisitive, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed and make a difference in the world.

IB teachers are facilitators of learning who engage with and encourage students to question, to reflect and to take action on their learning - with a strong emphasis on service to others.

Atlanta International School is one of the few schools in the United States offering all these three elements of the International Baccalaureate continuum to all students from 3K – Grade 12. At many schools only a few students are selected to study the IB. At AIS, it is for all.

The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.IB Learner Profile

The IB Curriculum nurtures students who

Learn to think independently and to drive their own learning; they become experts at self-managing schoolwork and time. 

Develop critical thinking and communication skills, confidence, social savvy, and other attributes  needed to succeed.

Gain entrance to the highest ranking colleges and universities around the world.

Are culturally aware, in part through the development of a second language.

And able to engage and collaborate with diverse individuals in a rapidly changing world.


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IB Learner Profile