International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

In the field of general education, the concept of international education was born after the Second World War in order to ensure peace on earth through education. Later, international education has experienced serious development both at the general education and university level. The International Baccalaureate Organization is the world leader in the field of general education.

The International Baccalaureate Organization was founded in 1968 by the initiative of the United Nations International Schools of New York and Geneva. It is an international non-governmental organization and has consultative status in the Council of Europe and UNESCO.

The mission of the International Baccalaureate is to form and develop curious, knowledgeable and caring young people who will create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The International Baccalaureate education program is designed for 3-19 year olds according to levels: Primary School Program: Primary Years Program (PYP, established in 1997), Middle School Program (MYP, established in 1994), Diploma Program (DP, established in 1968) and Career Program (CP, established in 2006).

Shirakatsy Lyceum's Primary, Middle, and High Schools are accredited to provide International Baccalaureate (IB) education programs, and only Shirakatsy Lyceum in Armenia offers all three baccalaureate programs.

The Primary School was accredited by the IB Office in 2013 and the Middle and High Schools in 2014. In order to continuously control the quality of education and to improve the ways of its implementation, the Office of IB carries out periodic quality assessments. Today IB programs are implemented in 5,700+ schools in 160 countries. The seminary is one of the schools implementing three consecutive programs.

IB programs enable students to take responsibility for their own learning and help them develop the skills they need for the future to make a difference and thrive in a rapidly changing world. IB provides students with distinct advantages by developing their critical thinking skills, nurturing their curiosity, and their ability to solve complex problems.

International Baccalaureate programmes
  • 1
    offered since 1997
    Primary Years Programme (PYP)

    The International Baccalaureate Primary School Program (IBPYP) is designed to nurture knowledgeable, inquisitive and ever-evolving individuals. PYP provides quality education for students aged 3-12 years.

    In 2013, Primary School at Shirakatsy Lyceum was accredited by the International Baccalaureate and began implementing the International Baccalaureate Primary School Program (IB PYP).

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    Primary Years Programme (PYP)
  • 2
    offered since 1994
    Middle Years Programme (MYP)

    The International Baccalaureate Middle School Program (IBMYP) is for students ages 10-16 and begins from 5th grade.

    In 2014, Middle School at Shirakatsy Lyceum was accredited by the International Baccalaureate and began implementing the International Baccalaureate Middle School Program (IB MYP).
    This innovative program emphasizes the development of individual skills essential for lifelong learning.

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    Middle Years Programme (MYP)
  • 3
    (offered since 1968)
    Diploma Program (DP)

    The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is for students aged 16-19.

    In 2014, Shirakatsy Lyceum was accredited by the International Baccalaureate and began implementing the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP).
    The purpose of the program is to raise and educate comprehensively developed individuals who carry national and global values and are guided by them.

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    Diploma Program (DP)
  • 4
    offered since 2006
    Career Program (CP)

    The International Baccalaureate Career Program (IBCP) is for students aged 16-19.

    Soon the students of Shirakatsy Lyceum will also be offered this program, which will promote the personal, professional and academic development and progress of the students.

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    Career Program (CP)
For over 50 years, these four programmes provide a solid, consistent framework and the flexibility to tailor students’ education according to their culture and context.

They also enable teachers to develop resilient, self-motivated young people who have the knowledge, skills, and sense of purpose they need to thrive throughout their lives and contribute to making the world a better place.  

IB International Schools implement a curriculum based on the standards and practices of the IB Program, which encourages improvement and innovation, emphasizes each school's context and community, and provides greater flexibility to design a learning environment that works best for each school community.

The IB 2020 Programme Standards and Practices are organized into four overarching categories
  • Purpose

    captures the school’s philosophy, mission, strategy and values

  • Education

    Education at IB International Schools is based on a comprehensive curriculum.

  • Environment

    Includes the school’s physical, digital and human resources

  • Culture

    Schools develop and implement policies that create a school culture where the IB philosophy works.