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What is the International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a high school program that doubles as a highly respected college prep curriculum.

The IB program encourages students to think broadly, beyond the boundaries of their communities, and to see themselves
as members of a global society. It has gained recognition and respect from most U.S. colleges.

Learning Globally
The IB Diploma Program is an intense curriculum for high school juniors and seniors which helps develop the intellectual,
personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. It culminates in six rigorous subject exams.

The program was originally a standard curriculum for children of people moving from one country to another (such as diplomats or the military). Today there are over a million IB students in nearly 150 countries.

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1968. Its original purpose was to facilitate the international mobility of students preparing for university by providing a curriculum and diploma recognized by universities around the world. Since then, the IBO has expanded and seeks to make an IB education available to students of all ages. The IB programs allow graduates to fulfill the requirements of national education systems worldwide, incorporating the best elements of each.

Founded in September 2002, and located in Astoria, the Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE) provides a world-class educational experience aligned with the frameworks and standards of the IB Program.
In April 2005, BSGE was authorized by the IBO as a Diploma Program (DP).

The IB Curriculum
The IB has six main areas of study: language and literature, foreign language acquisition, individuals and societies, experimental sciences, mathematics and the arts. Three additional elements round out the program: a theory of knowledge course, learning
outside the classroom (Creativity, Action and Service), and a 4,000-word essay.

College Credit for IB
Many colleges and universities offer credit or placement to students with high scores on IB exams. Students typically must
attain at least a score of 5 out of 7 points on an exam for a higher-level course to be eligible for college credit. Some colleges offer up to one year of credit for successful completion of the IB Diploma. Most colleges recognize the academic strength of the IB program, but each college has its own policies about granting credit for IB exams.

From http://www.collegedata.com.

For additional information on the IBO, visit www.ibo.org.

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