International Baccalaureate Diploma Program For High School

By: Cunae International School | Published 06/07/2024


Just after WWII, in a world where countries began working together, a group of international educators, including the US, gathered to create the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for high school students. Their goal was to create a comprehensive and challenging educational program that would open doors for students worldwide both in terms of local and international university acceptance, and greater work and life skills.

With support from educational stakeholders from around the world, the program is like a timeless tree, continuing to thrive, providing an internationally accepted qualification for higher education. Its leaves rustle with the whispers of inquiring, compassionate learners who shape a better, more peaceful world and its roots dug deep into the soil of international understanding.

But what is the IB DP?

It is an internationally recognized curriculum for students 16-19 years old that aims to foster
internationally minded and well-rounded students. It is offered by thousands of schools globally. The
program itself is an ensemble of six subject groups plus a core that aims to create higher level thinking.

What are the advantages?

  •  Global recognition: the DP is recognized in thousands of universities world-wide. This provides universities with a context for applications. Higher level institutions understand the quality of the skills and concepts learned by students. It promotes a sense of international context and open mindedness for students.
  •  Well-rounded curriculum: it prepares students in various areas of knowledge, giving them the opportunity to find what their passions are. The curriculum also provides content, skills and concepts that will prepare them for the challenges of the future.
  •  University readiness: Students acquire the skills to become life-long learners. IB graduates know how to think critically, do independent research and cite work at a university level.
  •  Individual development: Students develop ‘agency’: voice, choice and ownership. They can make choices to explore different areas of knowledge. Students also grow as individuals in components of the program such as Creativity, Action and Service.
  •  Life and work skills: Students develop resilience through the program so they can tackle what life throws at them. They also have an opportunity to develop strong leadership and collaborative skills.
  •  University credits: By Texas law, students can earn a minimum of 24 credit hours if they successfully complete the DP. Universities recognize the depth of an IB education and value it in their admissions and credit recognition processes.

To find out more about the International Baccalaureate Program, visit: or contact Mari Ferrer @ (Cunae International School – The Woodlands –

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