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IB

The International Baccalaureate (IB), formerly The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), is an educational foundation headquartered and founded in 1968 in Switzerland. Its first offering is the now widespread IB Diploma programme.

The International Baccalaureate offers four educational programmes for children aged 3–19: The IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), the IB Mid Years Programme (IB MYP), the IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) and the IB Careers Programme (IB CP).

While all four of these programmes are usually available in an expat oriented country, not all schools will offer all four programmes. In fact that is a rarity.

The IB's four programmes were not actually designed as a continuum. Each is a standalone framework and curriculum, developed at different times and stages of the IB's evolution. Increasingly however the IB organisation is moving to provide an overarching framework for children from 11 through to 19. Even with this however it is not necessary, or even usual for a school to offer all programmes.

An IB Continuum School offers the IB PYP, IB MYP, and either the IB DP or IB CP (or both).

Many schools that have gone the IB route choose the GCSE up to 16, followed by the Diploma programme. It is more unusual for a school to be IB up to 16, and then offer A Levels.

 

IB Primary Years Programme
The PYP is the IB's primary years curriculum and aims to prepare students to become "active, caring, lifelong learners". It is the equivalent of the UK's Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.

Also known as: IB PYP
Age range: 3-12
First offered: 1997

 

IB Middle Years Programme
A secondary level framework that "encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world". The MYP is inclusive by design and "aimed at students of all interests and academic abilities". It is the equivalent of GCSE - with a crucial difference that individual examinations are not part of the MYP programme.

Also known as: IB MYP
Age range: 
11-16
First offered: 1994

 

IB Diploma Programme
The IB's most common post 16, pre university qualification, that aims to develop students "who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically". It is the IB's equivalent of the A' Level, and is widely accepted by universities around the world. 

Also known as: IB DP
Age range: 16-19
First offered: 1968

 

IB Career-related Programme
The CP is a framework of international education addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education. It leads to further/higher education apprenticeships or employment. It is the equivalent of the UK's BTEC, although with a distinctly more academic shell.

IB CP
Age range:
 16-19
First offered: 2012

 

 

39 UAE Schools offering IB

School name Community City
Ajman Academy Muwaihat Ajman
American Community School Abu Dhabi Khalidiya Abu Dhabi
American International School Abu Dhabi Al Reehan Abu Dhabi
Australian International School Muweileh Sharjah
Boathouse School Palm Jumeirah Palm Jumeirah Dubai
British International School Abu Dhabi Shakhbout City Abu Dhabi
Clarion School Al Quoz Dubai
Dar Al Marefa Mirdif Dubai
Deira International School Festival City Dubai
Dubai American Academy Al Barsha Dubai
Dubai International Academy Emirates Hills Dubai
Dubai International Academy Al Barsha Al Barsha 1 Dubai
Dubai Investment Park Schools Dubai Investments Park Dubai
Dwight School Dubai Al Barsha South Dubai
Emirates International School Jumeirah Umm Suqeim Dubai
Emirates International School Meadows The Meadows Dubai
Fairgreen International School The Sustainable City Dubai Dubai
GEMS International School Al Khail Al Khail Dubai
GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai Silicon Oasis Dubai
GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai Al Sufouh Dubai
GEMS World Academy Abu Dhabi Al Danah Abu Dhabi
GEMS World Academy Dubai Al Barsha Dubai
Greenfield Community School Dubai Investments Park Dubai
International Concept for Education Meydan Dubai
Jumeira Baccalaureate School Jumeirah 1 Dubai
Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches Arabian Ranches Dubai
North London Collegiate School Dubai Sobha Hartland Dubai
Raffles World Academy Umm Suqeim Dubai
Raha International School, Abu Dhabi Khalifa City A Abu Dhabi
Repton School Dubai Nad al Sheba Dubai
Solomon International School International Media Production Zone Dubai
Sunmarke School Jumeirah Village Triangle Dubai
Swiss International Scientific School Dubai Dubai Healthcare City Phase 2 Dubai
Taaleem Jumeirah 1 Dubai
The Aquila School
Towheed Iranian Boys School Al Quoz Dubai
Universal American School Festival City Dubai
Uptown School Mirdif Dubai
Victoria International School Al Taawun Sharjah

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