IB Program

A World-Class Curriculum that is supported through the Greenville School District's "Graduation Plus" Initiative
The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum is a globally recognized leader in the field of international education. IB programs encourage students, age 3 to 19 years, to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens. Founded in 1968, IB programs are offered by more than 3,000 schools in 139 countries to approximately 845,000 students. The Greer community enjoys a rich IB tradition and is one of only 18 places in North America and the Caribbean region where students can experience a full continuum of the IB curriculum. Chandler Creek Elementary School offers the IB Primary Years Program for students in grades 1-5. Greer Middle School offers the IB Middle Years Program, which spans grades 6 to 10. Accordingly, Greer students begin the Middle Years Program in sixth grade and complete the final two years of this program during ninth and tenth grade at Greer High School. The IB experience concludes with the Diploma Program, which is an elective curriculum for grades 11 and 12. In contrast to many schools that reserve the Diploma Program for select students, all Greer High School students have the option to pursue the IB diploma if they wish to do so. Learn more about the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) HERE

Connect to IB - Connect to the World

IB World School

An IB World School has:
  • A common educational framework
  • A consistent set of aims and values
  • An overarching concept of how to develop international thinking and character in young people

The Diploma Program (DP)

The Diploma Program has the strengths of a traditional and broad curriculum, but with three important additional features: the Theory of Knowledge class, the Extended Essay, and CAS (Creativity, Action, Service). Students choose one class in each of six subject groups: Language A, Second Language, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, and an elective in their area of interest.

The Mission Statement of the IBO

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

IB Learner Profile

IB Learner Profile

IB programs aim to develop internationally minded people who are striving to become:

  • Inquirers - Their natural curiosity is nurtured. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct constructive inquiry and research, and become independent active learners. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
  • Knowledgeable - They explore concepts, ideas and issues which have global relevance and importance. In so doing, they acquire, and are able to make use of a significant body of knowledge across a range of disciplines.
  • Thinkers - They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to approach complex problems and make reasoned decisions.
  • Communicators - They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication.
  • Risk-takers/Courageous - They approach unfamiliar situations with confidence and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are courageous and articulate in defending those things in which they believe.
  • Principled - They have a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning. They have integrity, honesty, a sense of fairness and justice and respect for the dignity of the individual.
  • Caring - They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to action and service to make a positive difference to the environment and to the lives of others.
  • Open-minded - Through an understanding and appreciation of their own culture, they are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures and are accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view.
  • Well-balanced/Spiritual - They understand the importance of physical and mental balance and personal well-being for themselves and others. They demonstrate perseverance and self-discipline.
  • Reflective - They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and personal development. They are able to analyze their strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.

Criteria for an International Curriculum

  • Developing citizens of the world
  • Sense of identity and cultural awareness
  • Universal human values
  • Curiosity / Inquiry / Discovery / Enjoyment
  • Skills to learn and acquire knowledge
  • International content / Local context
  • Diversity and flexibility in teaching
  • Assessment and international bench-marking

Link to Greenville County Schools IB Information