International Baccalaureate Program

What is IB?

When talking about international schools a term appearing very often related to that is “IB” – what exactly this means and which schools in the FrankfurtRheinMain offer the IB program will be explained in the following:

The IB program

The International Baccalaureate or IB is a special educational program designed for students from age 3 to 19. The program was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 currently offered in three languages: English, French and Spanish. The IB curriculum is used in almost 5,000 schools globally every day, in over 150 countries around the world.

The objective of this program was to provide an internationally acceptable diploma for students with parents who are part of the world of diplomacy, international and multi-national organizations by offering standardized courses and assessments. Nowadays, everyone can join the program in one of the IB schools around the world there is no exclusion criterion.

In order to become part of the IB network a school needs to offer four different kinds of programs: a primary years program for kids aged 3-12, a middle years program for students from 11-16 and a diploma and career related program for students from 16 to 19 years.

The IB diploma’s goal is to provide an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is therefore recognized by many universities worldwide. To receive the diploma the students have to do exams in six subjects, one from each subject group, and three core requirements:

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature      Group 4: Mathematics

Group 2: Language Acquisition                               Group 5: The Arts

Group 3: Individuals and Societies                         Group 6:  Sciences

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

Extended Essay (EE)

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

All subjects (with the exception of CAS) are evaluated using both internal and external assessors and the exam usually takes place in May. Points are awarded from 1 to 7, with 7 being equal to A+, 6 equal to A and so on. The IB diploma is currently accepted in 75 countries worldwide and at more than 2,000 universities.

IB in FrankfurtRheinMain

The following ten schools in the FrankfurtRheinMain area are offering the IB diploma:

IB schools FrankfurtRheinMain



Metropolitan International School Viernheim
Accadis International School Bad Homburg
State International School Seeheim-Jugenheim
Strothoff International School Dreieich
Metropolitan School Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main
International School Frankfurt (ISF) Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt International School (FIS) Frankfurt am Main
Lycée Francais Victor Hugo Frankfurt am Main
Herderschule Gießen
Goethe Gymnasium Frankfurt am Main

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