What is the International Baccalaureate ?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) also known as the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a non-profit educational foundation founded in 1968. The IB offers four programmes of international education for children aged between 3 and 19 :
1- The International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) is for students aged 3-12.
2- The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) is for students aged 11-16.
3- The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is for students aged 16-19.
4- The International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) is designed for students aged 16-19.
These educational programs aims to help students develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to excel not only in their studies, but also in their personal growth. Even if each program has its own curriculum, the general subject areas are language acquisition and litterature, a second language, social studies, mathematics, sciences, arts, and personal, social and physical education.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
The most well-known and popular programme is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). This diploma provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognised by many universities worldwide (75 countries at over 2,000 universities).
These four programmes can only be officially offered by schools authorized by the IB. In Brussels, these schools are generally international schools that promotes international education in an international environment. This is the list of international schools in Brussels with IB programmes :
- Montgomery International School
- Scandinavian School of Brussels
- St. John’s International School
- International School of Brussels or ISB
What is the difference with the European Baccalaureate (EB) ?
The European Baccalaureate (or EB) is awarded to students who pass the final year exam at a European School. These are mainly attended by students whose parents work for a European institution. There are currently 14 European Schools, including 4 European schools in Brussels :
- European School Uccle Brussels 1
- European School Woluwe Brussels 2
- European School Ixelles Brussels 3
- European School Laeken Brussels 4
- New European school in Waterloo : European School Argenteuil Waterloo