The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an educational organization that was founded in Switzerland in the 1960s. Its education curricula are used by specially trained teachers at certified schools throughout the world. IB Diploma Program (DP) is one of the four programs offered by the IB, and is a 2 year program targeted at high-school students aged 16-19. It is preceded by the IB’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students aged 3-12 and Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11-16. However, students from any prior educational background can enter the DP program.
According to the IB, the DP ‘aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.’ It is a program known for its academic rigor and emphasis on interdisciplinary thinking.
Upon successfully completing the program, students will receive an IB Diploma, an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education recognized by many universities worldwide. IB DP is known to prepare its students for college-level courses, and in fact, several universities recognize the rigor of the IB DP and provide college credit for IB classes with a high final score. College admissions officers in particular will be familiar with the IB DP’s reputation, making it an objective way of demonstrating your high-achieving academic capabilities.