International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate Overview

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Oberlin City Schools is the first school district in The State of Ohio, and one of only eight districts across the nation authorized to offer IB programming to students in all grade levels throughout the district. 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.

  • Primary Years Programme ­‑ authorized in 2010 for all students in pre-k through grade 5

  • Middle Years Programme ­‑ authorized in 2010 for all students in grades 6-10

  • Diploma Programme ­‑ authorized in 2008, an elective course of studies offered at Oberlin High School

About IB in OCS

As of 2010, all elementary schools had fully implemented the program and earned designation as International Baccalaureate World Schools. The High School was named an International Baccalaureate World School in 2008 and graduated its first cohort of International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates in 2011. The District received official authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization to implement the IB Middle Years Programme for all students in grades 6-10 in 2010.

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

The International Baccalaureate program builds on the Oberlin City Schools’ mission To set the standard for excellence in public education by motivating students to be inquiring and knowledgeable world citizens.

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.

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 PreK-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.