What is International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate is an educational experience for students that challenges and motivates, academically and personally.

International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes focus on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right questions is a crucial skill.

IB inspires a lifelong quest for learning, infused with enthusiasm and empathy.  IB programmes address social, emotional, and physical well-being and encourage students to become active, compassionate, lifelong learners. 

Villiers and the IB

In 2013, Villiers began a long but rewarding journey towards becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.  Following a detailed feasibility study, the school became an IB Candidate School for the Diploma Programme in 2015.  Villiers was officially authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and became an IB World School in March 2017.

In September 2018, our first IBDP cohort began, including students from Germany, Ireland, Poland and Spain. These students graduated with their IB Diploma in 2020. Senior Cycle students attending Villiers can choose to study either the Irish Leaving Certificate Programme or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Villiers believes in a shared IB Schools philosophy: a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education for all its students. We are supported by IB teachers and coordinators who develop and promote the IB’s curriculums in almost 5,000 schools globally, in over 150 countries around the world.

For further information or if you have any queries, please contact IB Coordinator Mr. Shane Hanna by telephone +353-61-451447 or email shanna@villiers-school.com

What is the value of IB

The IB programme :

  • develops balanced, well-rounded individuals who learn to respond to challenges with optimism and open-mindedness
  • Promotes open communication based on understanding and respect
  • Helps students become confident in their own identity
  • Joins learners together in celebration of our common humanity
  • Encourages an international perspective and contributions to a local community

Students are enabled to make ethical decisions in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations by applying what they learn in the classroom.

Source: http://www.ibo.org/what-is-an-ib-education/