IB Programmes

Please note:
Al Zahra College is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, authorised to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP).

In 2013, AZC acquired authorisation for the IB Diploma Programme, in line with our secondary school establishment timetable. In 2014, AZC began the Diploma Programme with only Year 11 classes and then progressed to Year 12 the following year.

The curriculum information on this, and following pages, is for background purposes.  The best source of information on IB can be found at www.ibo.org


International Baccalaureate Programmes

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers three programs of international education for students aged 3 to 19.
The IB is a recognised leader in the field of international education. It is a non-profit, mission-driven foundation that offers three challenging programs for pupils aged 3 to 19.

  • The Primary Years Program (PYP) for pupils aged 3 to 12 focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the world outside.
  • The Middle Years Program (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16 provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills through embracing and transcending traditional school subjects.
  • The Diploma Program for students aged 16 to 19 is a demanding two-year curriculum that meets the needs of highly motivated students, and leads to a qualification that is recognized by leading universities around the world.

The three programs form a coherent sequence of education by promoting the education of the whole person through an emphasis on intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth.

In all three programs, the education of the whole person is manifested through all domains of knowledge, involving the major traditions of learning in languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics and the arts.  Furthermore, all three programs:

  • Require study across a broad range of subjects drawing on content from educational cultures across the world;
  • Gives special emphasis to language acquisition and development;
    encourage learning across disciplines;
  • Focus on developing the skills of learning;
    Include, to a varying extent, the study of individual subjects and of transdisciplinary areas;
  • Provide students with opportunities for individual and collaborative planning and research; and
  • Include a community service component requiring action and reflection.

The IB learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.  The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education.  It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.

IB learners strive to be:

Inquirers | Knowledgeable | Thinkers | Communicators | Principled | Open Minded | Caring | Risk-Takers | Balanced | Reflective