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International Baccalaureate

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programs of international education that develop in students, the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. 

The IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement. The programmes aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

The IB's programmes are different from other curricula because they:

  • encourage students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
  • develop independently of government and national systems, incorporating quality practice from research and our global community of schools
  • encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
  • develop multilingual students.

In order to teach IB programmes, schools must be authorized. Every school authorized to offer IB programmes is known as an IB World School.



The History of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Programme at Mollison


  • September 2014 – Mollison was recognized as an IB candidate school for the Middle Years Programme. 
  • The authorization process varies by school and IB Programme, but typically takes between two and three years.
  • The school had to complete a challenging application process and submit supporting documents to demonstrate the school’s understanding of the program. After completing the application, a team of educators from the IB network interviewed students, staff, the principal, parents, and community members.
  • November 2017 – Mollison was named an authorized school for the Middle Years Programme. Authorization is a milestone in the life of an IB World School, not the finish line.
  • We are using ongoing feedback to continue to improve the IB Programme at Mollison.