International Baccalaureate

​​IB is a non-profit educational foundation with four programs to help students develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The IB Diploma Program is available at Foss High School​.​

​The resources available for International Baccalaureate include Learner Profile, current year courses, Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program, Diploma Program, Career-related Program, and resources.

​International Baccalaureate Learner Profile
The aim of all IB programs 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. 

Profiles ​ ​ ​ ​
InquirersKnowledgeableThinkersCommunicatorsPrincipled
Open MindedCaringRisk-TakersBalancedReflective


The IB Learner Profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

Standards and practices are common to all four programs - Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program, Diploma Program, and Careers Program. However, each program has its own set of requirements specific to an individual program.  

The IB is aware that for each school, the implementation of an IB program is a journey and that the school will meet these standards and practices to varying degrees along the way. However, the IB expects that the school must make a commitment toward meeting all the standards, practices and program requirements. 

Standards and Practices for all Programs: 

Section A: Philosophy
Standard A- The school’s educational beliefs and values reflect IB Philosophy (9 items under Standard A)

Section B: Organization
Standard B1- Leadership and Structure  
The school’s leadership and administrative structures ensure the implementation of the IB programs (7 items under Standard B1)

Standard B2- Resources and Support
The school’s resources and support structures ensure the implementation of the IB programs (12 items under Standard B2)

Section C: Curriculum
Standard C1- Collaborative Planning
Collaborative planning and reflection support the implementation of the IB programs (9 items under Standard C1)

Standard C2- Written Curriculum
The school’s written curriculum reflects IB philosophy (11 items under standard C2)

Standard C3- Teaching and Learning
Teaching and learning reflects the IB philosophy (16 items under C3)

Standard C4- Assessment
Assessment at the school reflects IB assessment philosophy (9 items under C4)

​2018 - 2019 International Baccalaureate Offerings
9th 10th11th 12th
FossIB Approaches to Learning

IB French

IB Korean

IB Pre-Calculus

IB Spanish

IB Art and Design

IB Biology

IB Calculus

IB Chemistry

IB Contemporary World History

IB Environmental Science

IB Extended Essay and CAS

IB French

IB Junior English

IB Korean

IB Music Theory

IB Pre-Calculus

IB Psychology

IB Spanish

IB Theory of Knowledge

IB Art and Design

IB Biology

IB Calculus

IB Chemistry

IB Chinese

IB Environmental Science

IB Extended Essay and CAS

IB French

IB History of the Americas

IB Korean

IB Music Theory

IB Pre-Calculus

IB Psychology

IB Senior English

IB Spanish

 



​​Primary Years Programme (PYP)
The PYP (Primary Years Program) is a transformative experience for students, teachers and whole school communities. PYP students learn how to take control of their learning, teachers collaborate to deepen student- learning and increase their confidence and self-motivation. The whole school community, including parents, are viewed as partners in learning, and actively contribute to a holistic educational experience.

The PYP transdisciplinary framework focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both at school and beyond.
Informed by research into how students learn, how educators teach, and the principles and practice of effective assessment, the program places a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning.



​​Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The MYP (Middle Years Program) began as an initiative of the International Schools Association (ISA). Aspiring to meet the needs of middle level learners in international schools, ISA led the development of a flexible curriculum that promoted the fundamental concepts of intercultural understanding, communication and holistic learning.

Since being introduced as part of the IB continuum, the MYP has retained the spirit of collaboration encouraged by the dedicated educators by whom it was conceived.  After twenty years of rapid growth and development, the program was fully reviewed and then re-launched in 2014—ready to meet the needs of a new generation of students, teachers and school communities.

The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.

The program empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers. 



​Diploma Programme (DP)

The DP (Diploma Program) was established to provide students with a balanced education, facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding.

It was created by teachers at the International School of Geneva, with assistance from several other international schools.
Since then, innovative and committed teachers and examiners from around the world have played a significant role in the development of the program.

The program aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.



Career-related Programme (CP)

The CP (Career-related Program) originated from a 2006 project led by the International Baccalaureate® in Finland. The project aimed to develop a new program that combined the IB Diploma Program courses with career-related studies and a special ‘IBCC Core’ to integrate the two parts.

After a six-year pilot involving schools from around the world, the IBCC was made available to IB Diploma Program schools in 2012.
The CP’s flexible educational framework allows schools to meet the needs, backgrounds and contexts of students. CP students engage with a rigorous study program that genuinely interests them while gaining transferable and lifelong skills.