International Baccalaureate program hits milestone


The Department offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) program at five schools. Beginning in 2013, the Department will feature the first full-fledged, kindergarten through 12th grade IB complex.

Fourth-grade students enrolled in Hahaione Elementary School's IB program examine bread mold for a science project.

In early 2013, Hahaione Elementary School obtained its IB authorization, becoming the first elementary school in the Kaiser High complex to earn the prestigious distinction. Kaiser High and Niu Valley Middle earned their IB authorizations in February of 2010.

The five schools in Hawaii designated as IB World Schools are:

As IB World Schools, these campuses are committed to providing a high-quality, challenging, international education for their students. At the five Department schools, IB curriculum is offered as an optional program that is not only geared toward preparing students for college, but ensuring students are successful in college as well.

IB offers three programs of international education from early childhood to pre-university age. The sequence of programs is: the Primary Years Programme for ages 3 to 12; the Middle Years Programme for ages 11 to 16, and the Diploma Programme for ages 16 through 19.

International Baccalaureate is a nonprofit educational foundation founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. Headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, IB programs reach more than 1 million students in 144 countries. IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

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