International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate (IB) is recognized as a superior education, preparing students for rigorous academic work so they may succeed at postsecondary institutions around the world. The program encourages students to think from an international perspective, while first developing an understanding of their own cultural and national identity. Students learn a second language and develop the skills to live and work with others internationally—essential for life in the 21st century.

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) offers four programs of international education that span the primary, middle and secondary school years.

The program's emphasis on interdisciplinary learning requires students study courses across six disciplines, including computer science and mathematics, individuals and societies, and the arts. Part of the diploma process involves submitting an essay, completing the Theory of Knowledge course, and participating in creativity, action, and service projects. IB coursework also meets Minnesota’s high school graduation requirements. As an alternative to the full diploma program, students may choose to take individual IB courses and exams to earn IB certificates, which are recognized for credit at most colleges and universities.

Students are encouraged to contact the college of their choice for their IB credit policies. Funding is available to cover all or part of the exam fees. The IBO website contains useful information about the International Baccalaureate Program on a national level. The site includes IB Credit Policies for courses in non-Minnesota colleges and universities. The IB Minnesota website contains state-specific program information and contacts. See Related Offsite Resources for links to these sites.