The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is a comprehensive and rigorous two year curriculum, leading to examinations for students aged between sixteen and nineteen. Based on the pattern of no single country, it is a deliberate compromise between the specialization required in some national systems and the breadth preferred in others. The general objectives of the IB are to provide students with a balanced education; to facilitate geographical and cultural mobility; and to promote international understanding through a shared academic experience.
In the thirty plus years since its founding, the IB Diploma has become a symbol of academic integrity and intellectual promise. The student who satisfies its demands demonstrates a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of the mastery of the subject content and in the development of the skills and discipline necessary for success in future education and in an increasingly competitive world. In an increasingly mobile world the IB is the foremost international certification to universities around the world. Since individual institutions have their own admission procedures and requirements, accurate information and guidance is essential for successful admission.
Qatar Academy offers an appropriate selection of IB subjects, taught by experienced teachers, many of whom are IB examiners. Our first cohort of IB students sat their examinations in 2004. These students are now pursuing their studies in universities and colleges both here in Qatar (Carnegie Mellon, Texas A&M, Northwestern, Virginia Commonwealth, Weill Cornell and Georgetown) and around the world, including other Gulf States, the UK, North America and Australia.
At Qatar Academy, the two years of the IB Diploma are taken in Grades 11 and 12. Each student is required to take six academic subjects, and in addition must follow a two-year course in Theory of Knowledge, write an Extended Essay and participate in the CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) programme.