The International Baccalaureate Organization is a non-profit organization that was founded in Geneva in 1968 by a group of progressive and talented teachers who were looking for a different, more intercontinental approach to teaching and development. The internationally recognized qualification granted by the IBO was created with particular attention to preparing students worldwide for the new competitive, globalized and multicultural world that confronts them.
The IB Diploma Program at St. Stephen’s is a two-year curriculum for 11th- and 12th- grades and is a continuation of the international education we offer in grades 9 and 10. Its balanced and rigorous curriculum builds principled, intelligent contributors to society while its global reputation ensures that our internationally mobile students are well poised to continue their education, wherever in the world this might take them.
Students are required to take six separate subjects, one from each of six specialized groups that are divided along lines of academic disciplines. At St. Stephen's these are:
- First Language (English is required as a first language; Italian and French are optional as first languages)
- Second Language
- Individuals and Societies (broadly construed as social sciences and humanities)
- Experimental Sciences