The International Baccalaureate ® and International School 33

Why choose the International Baccalaureate (IB)?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) programs provides students with an education, from kindergarten through to high school, that emphasises not only academic excellence, but also personal development and growth.

In high school, students prepare for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Unlike the OIB, which is a French baccalaureate exam with an added international option, the IB Diploma is an international exam, which allows our students have the opportunity to take a bilingual version in a range of subjects. The benefit of this is that IB graduates are literate, articulate, confident young adults with an understanding of global issues and other cultures. University admissions and scholarship committees are increasingly taking into account an applicant’s entire school record, not just marks. The IB Diploma program’s emphasis on citizenry and extracurricular activities speaks aptly to those criteria.

The IB has over 5,000 schools worldwide, and each school must re-accredit every 5 years. This provides families with the assurance that there is a constant review of schools to maintain the level of educational excellence.

More and more families are choosing the IB for their children in France, knowing the advantage the exam provides for their future. Students who take the IB diploma at the end of high school are accepted into all areas of French higher education: medicine, law, business schools such as Essec, ESCP or HEC, Sciences Po, as well as preparatory classes, the bachelor’s degree at Polytechnique, etc.

The transition to English speaking universities is also very easy for IB graduates, and their diploma is highly recognized in countries such as the United States, Canada, England, as well as in other European countries such as Spain, Italy, Holland, etc.

IB graduates are highly valued by university professors around the world because they are not only academically advanced, but also self-reliant, mature, confident, and outgoing.

Many American universities recognize IB graduates as having a that allows them to go directly into the second year of their graduate studies.

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The IB, is a program that teaches critical and independent thought and more and more schools are choosing it as they believe it is the ideal course of study for students.

1. Breadth of study

Unlike A-Levels where a student must specialize down to three or four subjects, IB students are required to study courses from six different subject groups including languages, humanities, sciences, and math. The structure of the IB program develops breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding.

2. Experiential learning

IB students participate in CAS – Creativity, Activity, Service. The function of this element is to allow students to learn through experience and take action in the service of others. Students pursue their own interests and skills through projects, clubs, community service, sports, and other co-curricular activities. CAS helps to shape students into well-rounded, motivated, engaged individuals.

3. Freedom

IB students are encouraged to make links between everything they learn and to follow their own instincts. Connections can be made between something taught in the science classroom and something that happens out on the soccer field. This connection can then be made into a personal project of study, such as for The Extended Essay. Students are given the freedom to seek out what interests and inspires them.

4. Research skills

The Extended Essay and the Theory of Knowledge component are two other elements of the IB Diploma. These components require students to develop advanced independent research and organizational skills – crucial for any student wishing to pursue higher learning or success in their future careers.

5. Independent thinking

The IB classroom features discussion and two-way communication between teacher and students. Every member of the class is encouraged to speak up and voice their opinions. This style of teaching produces students capable of original thought, who are confident in their perspectives and willing to listen and be informed by others.

6. Global citizenship

The IB Diploma is internationally recognized. It’s offered by around 150 countries globally and recognized by colleges and universities from almost 90 countries. This includes prestigious US universities, such as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. The IB curriculum also teaches students to be outward-facing and culturally aware, so they are well prepared as global citizens.

7. The challenge

It’s academically rigorous. It’s stimulating, inspiring, and allows students to really excel and see what they’re capable of. For those who choose to challenge themselves, the IB is hugely rewarding. Students finish with skills and a level of confidence that will push them forward their whole life through.

8. Time management

The key to good independent study is time management and this skill is picked up instinctively by IB students. Establishing good study habits, setting aside time for assignments, developing individual revision techniques and resisting distractions – students who master these skills will be one step ahead when they progress to university level education.

9. University admissions

A study by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) showed that IB Diploma graduates have a better chance of enrolling in one of the UK’s top 20 universities and colleges than other students with similar qualifications. It was also found that IB graduates are more likely to be admitted into 10 of the US’s most prestigious universities.

10. Personal growth

Being exposed to multiple perspectives, learning to articulate your own opinions, balancing academic work with co-curricular activities, learning through experience, researching and managing your own work – the level of personal growth that IB students achieve is reason enough for choosing this program.

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Students of IB (International Baccalaureate®) World Schools are at the heart of educational programs and they receive a unique education that:

  • Encourages them to think independently and take charge of their own learning
  • Encourages them to take charge of their learning by developing capacities of self-discipline and integrity
  • Encourages them to think critically and solve complex problems
  • Enables them to follow educational programs that open the doors to the most prestigious universities in the world.
  • Makes them more sensitive to different cultures by acquiring a second and third language
  • Allows them to dialogue with others, in an increasingly globalized and constantly evolving context

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a wide range of human skills and responsibilities that go beyond academic achievement. These qualities involve a commitment to helping all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, to respect others, and to respect the world around them.

Each of the IB program trains students to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced andreflective.


Students from IB World Schools develop strong academic, social and emotional qualities. They are also more likely to be successful in their studies, and often perform better than students in programs other than those offered by the International Baccalaureate®.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers many benefits to teachers

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers many benefits to teachers who are given access to:

  • high quality professional development that encourages critical thinking, self-reflection and dedication to lifelong learning and continuous improvement
  • innovative and diverse education frameworks, unit planners, teaching resources and evaluation tools
  • certification and degree programmes offered by highly respected universities worldwide
  • a pedagogy known to produce students who are motivated to continue inquiry and lifelong learning, beyond school study.

IS 33 is an IB school of the world for the primary program, as well as the middle years program, and the Diploma program. IB schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that we believe is important for our students.

The IB programs are:

  • The Primary Years Program (PYP) for students aged 3 to 12
    The Middle Years Program (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16
    The Diploma Program (DP) for students aged 16 to 19
    The Career Oriented Program (POP) for students aged 16 to 19.

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