The IB Programme is aimed at creating

life-long learners

IB’s Mission & Philosophy


The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally-minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

IB Programme Offerings at OIS

At the centre of an International Baccalaureate (IB) education are students aged 3 to 19 with unique learning styles, strengths and challenges.


MYP is aimed at students aged 11 – 15, while students aged 16 – 19 may choose either DP or CP.

Middle Years Programme

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world and culminates in a personal project.

Diploma Programme

The DP is made up of six subject groups and a core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and a research paper of up to 4,000 words, the extended essay (EE)

The IB Learner Profile Attributes

IB Learners strive to be internationally-minded because they are:



What does this mean?

They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Why is it important?

University faculties regularly note IB students’ passion for discovery, a highly valued trait among the top tier of world universities.


What does this mean?

They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Why is it important?

IB students are extraordinarily well prepared for the academic requirements of university coursework.


What does this mean?

They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Why is it important?

IB students contribute to discussions in a meaningful way. They do not shy away from challenging questions and, once they know the answer, follow up by asking “why?”


What does this mean?

They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Why is it important?

IB students regularly deliver stimulating presentations and drive excellence in group assignments.


What does this mean?

They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Why is it important?

IB students are infused with the academic integrity that is a fundamental value of universities and colleges.


What does this mean?

They are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

 Why is it important?

IB students have a deep understanding of various cultures and views, bringing an appreciation of new views to both their academic study and their involvement in local and wider communities.


What does this mean?

They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Why is it important?

Students bring a commitment to community and others to their activities and leadership roles at university and carry it throughout their lives.


What does this mean?

They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies.

Why is it important?

This trait allows for transitioning to challenging university settings. In academics, this gives the confidence to approach new or unfamiliar subjects or material.


What does this mean?

They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Why is it important?

Students become active participants in a wide range of aspects of campus life, as well as focusing on their academic development.


What does this mean?

They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Why is it important?

Students develop an ability to reflect on their learning and to articulate how they learnt, while understanding how critical reflection can be an important academic and life skill.

The IB Approaches to Learning

ATL are deliberate strategies, skills and attitudes that permeate the IB teaching and learning environment.

What is an IB Education?

A short video from the International Baccalaureate on what makes an IB Education valuable: