What is International Baccalaureate (IB)?

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.¹


St. Matthias is an authorized Middle Years Programme (MYP) school.

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 programme 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.

Research shows that students participating in the MYP:


St. Matthias is a candidate* Primary Years Programme (PYP) school, with expected authorization during the 2018-2019 school year.

The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom. The PYP develops students’ academic, social and emotional wellbeing, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values. It nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning. The programme incorporates local and global issues into the curriculum, asking students to look at six related, transdisciplinary themes and to consider the links between them. The themes include ‘who we are’, ‘where we are in place and time’ and ‘how the world works’.³


*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the  Career-Related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.  For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.

¹http://www.ibo.org/about-the-ib/. Accessed 8/30/2017.

²http://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/what-is-the-myp/. Accessed 8/30/2017.

³http://www.ibo.org/programmes/primary-years-programme/. http://www.ibo.org/programmes/primary-years-programme/what-is-the-pyp/. Accessed 8/30/2017.