In 1965 the International Baccalaureate (IB) Office was established at Geneva as a foundation under Swiss law. The IB Diploma program is recognized as the most academically rigorous high school program in the world. Since 1967, the IB program has grown to 1182 authorized IB world schools in over 101 countries. Working in three official languages (English, French, and Spanish), the IB program enjoys the respect and support of many governments, colleges and universities.
The IB Program is a rigorous pre-university course of study, which meets the needs of the highly motivated secondary school student. Designed as a comprehensive curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfill requirements of the various national systems of education, the IB is based on the pattern of no single country or educational system. It provides students of different linguistic, cultural, and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social and critical perspectives necessary for the adult world that lies ahead of them.
All IB Diploma candidates are required to engage in the study of modern languages, sciences, mathematics, and humanities in the final two years of their secondary schooling. This program is a deliberate compromise between the preference for specialization in some countries and the emphasis on breadth often preferred in others. The intent is that students should learn how to analyze; how to reach considered conclusions about people, their languages and literature, their ways in society, and the scientific forces of the environment
Significant numbers of IB Diploma holders both from within and outside North America have gained admission to prestigious universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Stanford, McGill, Toronto, MIT, Michigan, Wisconsin, Bryn Mawr and other prominent institutions. Students are often accorded advanced standing and college credit based on their IB work.