International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

  • What is an IB education?

    Garner Magnet High School is authorized to offer three of the four available International Baccalaureate Programmes—the Middle Years Programme (MYP) the Diploma Programme (DP) and, most recently, the Career-related Programme (CP). These complementary programs provide students with an educational environment that emphasizes intellectual challenge while encouraging them to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. The programmes foster the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders. A significant goal of the programmes is to help students see their education in the context of how they live their lives and how they interact with the world around them. To this end the programmes adheres to the foundational principals of classroom rigor, collaborative and cross-cultural curriculum, and an international-minded approach to understanding course content. The emphasis on these core principals have made the International Baccalaureate Organization a global leader in education.

    The Mission of the IB

    The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

    To this end the organization works…to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

    These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


    Key Elements of an IB education

    Classroom Rigor

    Classroom rigor is a product of a demanding curriculum and consistently high expectations. IB programmes use criteria-referenced assessment for instruction and to evaluate student learning. The Diploma Programme (DP) is one of the most widely acclaimed college-prep programmes in preparing students for the demands of university and beyond.

    Collaborative and Cross-Curricular Education

    Collaborative and Cross-Curricular education means that students and teachers are making connections to material in areas of study across the curriculum. It is an understanding that no single subject matter can exist in isolation from other knowledge and that to study material in connection with other subject areas is to provide the context for how that content impacts us and why it matters.


    International Mindedness is the recognition that people from different cultural backgrounds share basic human sensibilities and motivations while nurturing differences culture and viewpoint that makes us unique. It is an understanding that our local and global communities are made up of people with different personal and cultural perspectives that guide the decisions they make that impact the world in which we live. To understand those perspectives is to better understand our own world.

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