What is International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) is an educational foundation that has developed a framework for schools throughout the world to use to implement their curriculum. IB has developed four programmes of international education, each with its own candidacy process:
  • Primary Years Programme (PYP)--Early Childhood through Grade 5
  • Middle Years Programme (MYP)--Grades 6-10
  • Diploma Programme (DP)--Grades 11-12
  • International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC)--Grades 11-12
All of these IB Programmes focus on international-mindedness and developing the attributes of the IB Learner Profile, but each programme has its own identity which contains developmentally appropriate elements for students of various ages. 
After a multi-year candidacy, HFCA became authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School--Primary Years Programme in July 2018, See Press Release, and in June 2023, was accepted as a candidate* in the Middle Years Programme.

IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring global citizens who are motivated to succeed. The IB framework:
  • Promotes conceptual learning.
  • Encourages students to think independently and drive their own learning.
  • Provides academic rigor to all learners.
  • Emphasizes students’ personal development.
  • Explores the relationships between academic disciplines, and learning about the world in ways that reach beyond the scope of individual subjects. 
  • Engages students with people in an increasingly globalized rapidly changing world.
  • Offers students authentic opportunities to connect their learning to the world around them.


*Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.