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What is an IB education?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) 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 with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

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

An IB education:

  • centers on learners
  • develops effective approaches to teaching and learning
  • works within global contexts, helping students understand different languages and cultures
  • explores significant content, developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary understanding that meets rigorous international standards.
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Zuzana Fin
IB Coordinator

IB Primary Years Program (PYP)

Designed for all students in grades K-5. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. Click here to learn more about the PYP at Estrella Mountain Elementary School.

IB Middle Years Program (MYP)

Serves all students in grades 6-8. It focuses on providing a framework for academic challenge and life skills. Click here to learn more about the MYP at Estrella Mountain Elementary School.