The program of studies leading to the International Baccalaureate Diploma is a comprehensive and rigorous pre-university course taken in Years 11 and 12. The program aims to:
- Provide a balanced and challenging academic experience, which emphasises the education of "the whole person", thus developing socially responsible citizens of the world.
- Provide an internationally accepted university entrance qualification into universities in Australia and in over 74 countries.
- Promote international understanding through shared academic experience and development of global awareness.
- Build and reinforce a student's sense of identity and cultural awareness.
- Develop critical and compassionate thinkers and informed participants in local and world affairs.
- Make transfer between international schools more convenient for internationally mobile families.
The IB Diploma program is successful and is growing. Over 2300 IB World Schools in more than 140 countries teach IB Diploma courses. Over 60 schools are currently offering the IB Diploma in Australia and Glenunga International High School was the first State school in South Australia to offer the program.
Glenunga International High School has been teaching the IB Diploma program since 1990. The number of students in the program has increased five-fold over this period of time. Over the last five years the average ATAR was 95.19.
The IB Organisation is registered as a foundation with the Swiss Federal Government, and holds consultative status with UNESCO. It is funded largely from fees paid by participating schools. The Head Office is located in Geneva, Switzerland, with three regional offices: Africa/Europe/Middle East (office in Geneva), Asia-Pacific (Singapore) and The Americas (Washington, Buenos Aires and Vancouver). Representative Offices are located in Sydney, Mumbai, Beijing and Tokyo. The Curriculum and Assessment Office, located in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, oversees two examination sessions per year in May and November. Glenunga International High School prepares their candidates for the November session. Thousands of individual examiners worldwide participate in the assessment of student work.
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