Schools interested in implementing International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes must successfully complete an authorization process.
The IB supports the candidate school throughout the authorization process, building the programmatic understanding and organizational structures it will need to implement the IB’s programmes.
Why is there an authorization process?The IB is proud of its commitment to provide rigorous, challenging and unique programmes of education to schools. The authorization process backs up this commitment.
As a result of the process, parents and students can be confident that each IB World School, no matter where it is located, is held to the same high standard.
General timeline for the processThe authorization process varies by school and IB programme, but typically takes between two and three years. Below, you'll see an outline of the process.
Stages in the authorization processYou can also view global authorization timelines for each programme specifically, or read about the different stages in the authorization process.
If you wish, you can find out more about the authorization process for each of the four IB programmes:
- Primary Years Programme (PYP)
- Middle Years Programme (MYP)
- Diploma Programme (DP)
- Career-related Programme (CP)