Students at International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools are given a unique education.
- be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
- take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
- become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
- be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.
To be authorized (accredited) as an IB World School, there are three stages of the process.
1. Interested School – In this stage there is a feasibility study and realignment of the school mission and vision statement to coincide with the IB philosophy of education. Curriculum is rewritten to reflect the rigorous course work required of an IB student and teachers are trained in the IB course guides and methods.
2. Candidate School – In this stage the school submits a detailed application to the IB with an outline of the academic program and verification that the school is prepared to implement the program with rigor and fidelity. The IBO sends a site visit team to the school for three days for observation and to interview staff, students, and parents to assess the level of commitment and preparedness of the school community for the implementation of the program.
3. Authorized School – After the site visit, the team makes recommendations for consideration and offers commendations of the work already done; they either authorize schools to implement the IB program or are sent back to work on matters that were to be addressed before authorization.
St. Joan Antida High School had its site visit in October 2014 and was issued authorization to become an IB World School for the 2015-16 school-year in December 2014. SJA is a proud IB World School!