Curriculum Information

The IB turns 50 - Hearty Congratulations!

In 2018, the International Baccalaureate (IB) celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Pioneering a movement of international education in 1968, the non-profit foundation now offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes to students aged 3-19 years old. Through a unique curriculum with high academic standards, we champion critical thinking and a flexibility for learning by crossing disciplinary, cultural and national boundaries. The IB currently engages with more than 1.4 million students in over 4,775 schools across 153 countries. To find out more, please visit

International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes are offered in more than 4,000 schools worldwide

The IB Mission
The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement, working with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

At RIS we offer three IB programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP).

How does the IB define ‘international education’?

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) chooses to define ‘international education’ according to the following criteria:

  • • Developing citizens of the world in relation to culture, language and learning to live together
    • Building and reinforcing students' sense of identity and cultural awareness
    • Fostering students' recognition and development of universal human values
    • Stimulating curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning
    • Equipping students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively, and to apply these skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas
    • Providing international content while responding to local requirements and interests
    • Encouraging diversity and flexibility in teaching methods
    • Providing appropriate forms of assessment and international benchmarking

All four programmes are committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.

The profile aims to develop learners who are:

  • • Inquirers
    • Knowledgeable
    • Thinkers
    • Communicators
    • Principled
    • Open-minded
    • Caring
    • Risk-takers
    • Balanced
    • Reflective

How long has each programme been established?

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) was developed through the vision and effort, sustained over ten years, of the former International Schools Curriculum Project (ISCP) and introduced in 1997

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) began as an initiative of the International Schools Association and was adopted by the IB in 1994.

The Diploma Programme (DP) was established in 1968 to provide students with a balanced education, to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding.

All IB programmes are regularly reviewed to meet the needs of students, teachers and parents worldwide.

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