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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

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What is an International Baccalaureate education?

Students in Years 11 and 12 at Melbourne Montessori School have two pathways to choose from, our Montessori Careers Program , or the internationally renowned International Baccalaureate Program.

An IB education focusses on preparing students for higher education and active participation in a global society.

IB learners strive to become inquiring, knowledgeable, and reflective thinkers, principled yet open-minded communicators, and balanced and caring risk-takers. These attributes represent the IB Learner Profile: a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.

Why choose the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma is an exciting and challenging internationally recognised Programme. Its philosophy and mission statement align very well with the Montessori principles at MMS. Offering more than just academic knowledge, the learner and their development are central to the programme. Research suggests that there are many benefits to choosing the Diploma Program (DP). The program aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically.

Key benefits of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

  • It offers the breadth and depth required to develop excellent pre-tertiary skills
  • Encourages students to be critical and independent thinkers who feel ready for life after school
  • Students drive their own learning and develop excellent time management skills to become autonomous lifelong learners
  • Creates balanced and well-rounded individuals through Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
  • Provides a qualification recognised by universities around the world
  • Provides the best preparation for university and professional life by developing metacognition and critical thinking skills
  • It assesses more than just examination skills
  • International standards and acceptance
  • Developing culturally aware people with global perspectives
  • Developing 21st century learners

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end, the organisation works with schools, governments, and international organisations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.