The International Baccalaureate

Richland Academy / The International Baccalaureate

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

More than 4,000 schools so far have chosen to teach International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes, with their unique academic rigour and their emphasis on students’ personal development. Those schools employ over 70,000 educators, teaching more than one million students worldwide.

Why IB is Different

International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.

We strive to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.

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

  • encourages 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
  • encourages students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
  • develop multilingual students.

The Benefit to Students

Students at International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools are given a unique education.
They will:

  • be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
  • take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
  • become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
  • be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.

What is the PYP?

The IB Primary Years Programme fromInternational Baccalaureate on Vimeo.​The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) is for students aged 3-12.

The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.

Find out more about the PYP

Students Learn how to Learn

Throughout all IB programmes, students develop approaches to learning skills and the attributes of the IBlearner profile. Students are able to take responsibility for their own learning and understand how knowledge itself is constructed.  They are encouraged to try different approaches to learning and to take responsibility for their own educational progress.

Our IB Program helps students to:

  • ask challenging questions
  • think critically
  • develop research skills proven to help in higher education

IB programmes also encourage students to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond academic study.

IB Students often Perform Better

​IB World School students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics. They are also likely to perform well academically – often better than students on other programmes.

Quality Practice

IB programmes incorporate quality practice from national and international research and the IB global community. They encourage students to be internationally-minded, within a complex and hyper-connected world.

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