International Baccalaureate
Frequently Asked Questions


What is the International Baccalaureate program?

International Baccalaureate is an internationally recognized educational program with a rigorous curriculum. International Baccalaureate features a global focus and emphasizes creative problem solving, hands-on projects, inquiry-based learning, and community service.

International Baccalaureate is offered at three levels. Schools can offer the program at one, two, or all three levels. Oberlin offers all three.

• Primary Years Programme ­‑ to be adopted for all students in
   pre-k through grade 4
• Middle Years Programme ­‑ to be adopted for all students in grades 5-10
• Diploma Programme ­‑ an elective course of studies offered at
   Oberlin High School


What is the history of International Baccalaureate?

Founded by educators in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1968, International Baccalaureate was created to provide a consistent, high-quality educational program for international families. Over the years, its applicability and value for students of all backgrounds have led to adoption by schools all over the world. Only schools that have been thoroughly vetted by the International Baccalaureate Organization can earn official designation as International Baccalaureate World Schools.

Currently, there are 2,600 International Baccalaureate World Schools in 134 countries. There are 20 International Baccalaureate World Schools in the state of Ohio, and only three in Northeast Ohio. Oberlin will be one of the first school systems in the state to implement the International Baccalaureate program at every grade level.


Why is International Baccalaureate a good fit for Oberlin Schools?

The rigorous International Baccalaureate gives Oberlin students a competitive advantage in this increasingly global economy. The International Baccalaureate program also helps Oberlin to continue attracting families by offering a world-class education.

International Baccalaureate is highly regarded throughout the U.S. and the world. An International Baccalaureate diploma allows students to earn college credit or advanced standing at many colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad.


How will International Baccalaureate affect the Oberlin curriculum?

International Baccalaureate does not replace anything in the current curriculum. Students continue to learn traditional subjects, meeting all state academic content standards. Rather, International Baccalaureate enhances current offerings at every level and provides a consistent focus and approach to learning throughout the K-12 years. For example, students at every level are encouraged to develop the ten attributes of an International Baccalaureate Learner: Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Thinker, Communicator, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-taker, Balanced, and Reflective.

At every grade level, subjects are becoming more interconnected and enriched, and are taught with a more global outlook. Our students and our community will benefit from a greater emphasis on cultural awareness and community service.



How does the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme differ from Advanced Placement?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme requires students to develop proficiency in six areas: native language, a second language, social studies, the sciences, mathematics, and the arts. The creativity, action, service component requires students to learn actively through the experience of performing real-world tasks. It can be taken concurrently with AP courses.