An IB Candidate School

The Swiss International School in Qatar is a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School*. IB World Schools share a common philosophy and commitment to provide a high-quality, challenging and truly international education. This is at the very core of what we aim to offer children aged 3 to 18 years living in Doha.

Founded in Switzerland in 1968 as a non-profit educational foundation, the International Baccalaureate (IB) does not merely promote a curriculum, but rather an unashamedly idealistic mission to transform the world through education. Nearly 5,000 schools in almost 150 countries offer one or more of the IB programmes. 

The IB comprises three programmes - the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme - that provide a progressive, international education to children from three to nineteen years old. Independent of any one nation, it promotes intercultural understanding and dialogue, and fosters compassion in youth, driving them to be lifelong learners. With its rigorous learning standards and focus on caring community building, the IB principles parallel SISQ’s own vision. 

Learn more about the IB education and programmes on the IB website.

* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its academic programmes. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

What Makes the IB Special?
  • An international-minded framework and approach, independent of any one nationality or creed
  • A model intrinsically centered on the concept of a well-rounded learner
  • Very strong focuses on inquiry-based learning, service learning, experiential learning and trans-disciplinary learning
  • A coherent, consistent programme across all year levels through recurring themes, concepts and ideas
  • The formal application of differing teaching and learning styles to address the needs of all students
  • Rigorous standards and learning goals aligned to university-level studies and the unique challenges of the 21st century.
The IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet and help to create a better and more peaceful world. To this end, the IB Learner Profile aims to develop learners who are:

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

 

IB Grade Level Comparison Chart

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