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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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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