International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at Great River

What is the International Baccalaureate program?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is an academic program that is integrated into schools around the world.  IB began in Europe in the late 1960s to provide a consistent, international-minded educational experience to children in international communities.  It blends the best international educational practices.  The IB program emphasizes rigorous study in all academic areas, a worldwide assessment system that rates students on a consistent international basis, responsible citizenship, critical and compassionate thinking, lifelong learning, an international outlook that values peace, and respect for other perspectives.

What is the IB Diploma Program?
The last two years of high school comprise the IB Diploma Program at IB World Schools like GRS.  Students who pursue the IB Diploma at GRS take courses from six core subjects — English, Spanish, Global Politics, Science, Math, and either Music, Theatre or Visual Arts.  Students must also enroll in two semesters of the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, complete Creativity-Activity-Service (CAS) activities, and write a research essay on a topic of their choice of up to 4,000 words called the Extended Essay.


Listen to students and teachers from around the world explain their experiences with the IB Diploma Program.

Still have questions after reviewing the resources?   Contact Great River IB Coordinator Melanie Peterson-Nafziger at