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IBCA International School is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme / Middle Years Programme / Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.


PYP Programme:

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a curriculum framework designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is defined by six Trans-disciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge, concepts and skills derived from various subject areas, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning and taking action through learning.


The PYP leads directly into the Middle Years Programme (MYP). It can also prepare learners for other inquiry based middle years programmes as most of the knowledge, skills and understanding that students acquire during PYP are readily transferable.


The PYP is a way of teaching and learning is usually taught in conjunction with a curriculum which details more specific content. At IBCA we have taken the best from national curricula around the world and benchmarked this content against Cambridge Curriculum. Throughout their learning students acquire and apply these skills:

  • Social Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Thinking Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Self-Management Skills


The school focuses on developing a series of attributes in the students that make up the PYP Learner Profile:

  • Inquirers
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Risk-Takers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Principled
  • Caring
  • Open-minded
  • Reflective
  • Balanced


The aim of Primary years Programme is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world.



MYP Programme:

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a five-year programme that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.


The MYP builds on the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed by the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IB Diploma Programme (DP).


The features of the MYP programme help students develop disciplinary (and interdisciplinary) understanding.


  • Approaches to learning (ATL)

       Demonstrating a commitment to approaches to learning as a key component of the MYP for developing skills for learning.

  • Approaches to teaching

       Emphasizing MYP pedagogy, including collaborative learning through inquiry.

  • Concepts

       Highlighting a concept-driven curriculum.

  • Global contexts

       Showing how learning best takes place in context.


Important outcomes of the MYP programme:

Inquiry-based learning and broad and balanced curriculum may result in student-initiated action, which may involve service within the community. The MYP culminates in the personal project (for students in MYP year 5) or the community project (for students in MYP years 3 or 4).


The MYP organizes teaching and learning through eight subject groups:

  • Language and Literature
  • Language Acquisition
  • Individual and Societies
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Design
  • Physical and Health Education


In many cases, discrete or integrated disciplines may be taught and assessed within a subject group, for example, history or geography within the individuals and societies subject group, biology, chemistry or physics within the sciences subject group.

The distinction between subject groups blurs to indicate the interdisciplinary nature of the MYP.

The subject groups are connected through global contexts and key concepts.


The programme has been developed with developmentally appropriate attention to:

  • Conceptual understanding
  • Teaching and learning in context
  • Approach to Learning (ATL)
  • Service as Action (Community service)
  • Language and Identity
  • Learning diversity and Inclusion


Diploma Programme (DP):

The International Baccalaureate’s Diploma Programme (DP), created in 1968, is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to external examinations; it is designed for highly motivated students aged 16 to 19. This programme has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB Diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities. The IB has shown over the course of almost 50 years that IB Diploma Programme students are well prepared for university work.


The IBDP is a comprehensive two-year international curriculum that generally allows students to fulfill the requirements of their national or state education systems. The Diploma Programme incorporates the best elements of national systems, without being based on any one. Internationally mobile students are able to transfer from one IB World School to another, while students who remain closer to home benefit from a highly respected international curriculum. The Programme was born of efforts to establish a common curriculum and valid university entry credentials for students moving from one country to another.


The Diploma Programme’s grading system is criterion based: each student’s performance is measured against well­-defined levels of achievement consistent from one examination session to the next. Grades reflect attainment of knowledge and skills relative to set standards that are applied equally to all schools. Top grades are not, for example, awarded to a certain percentage of students.


The programme was born of efforts to establish a common curriculum and valid university entry credentials for students moving from one country to another. International educators were motivated by practical considerations but also by an idealistic vision: students should share an academic experience that would emphasize critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to a variety of points of view.


IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org


**Mission Statement from the IB
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
programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


IBCA International School in Alexandria (IBCA) is a Pre-K to Grade 12 international school
for young Egyptian & World citizens
A school where students benefit from an education beyond any single national curriculum.
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