International Baccalaureate

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Over 30 Years of International Baccalaureate at Redlands

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate Organization 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 IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. 

These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. 

The IB Diploma Programme at Redlands 

Redlands has offered the International Baccalaureate since 1988, longer than any other school in NSW. Our 30 year association with the IB has helped to build our reputation as a leading provider of a well-rounded global education. 

The IB is an international qualification and meets the needs of students who are becoming increasingly more globally minded and are looking for an alternative to the HSC. The international awareness and knowledge gained during their studies will be beneficial to our IB students as they pursue careers and opportunities and seek to make a difference in an increasingly globalised world. 

The IB is international in outlook and focus and encourages inter-cultural understanding.  It develops critical and high order thinking and analytical skills and university level essay writing skills; and prepares students well for the demands of university study. 

The IB especially suits students who are more generalist rather than specialist due to the requirement of a compulsory Second Language, Maths and Science.  It also suits students who:

  •  are likely to apply to university overseas
  • like to be challenged and to question
  • can develop independent learning, good time management and organizational skills

Over the last 5 years up to 50% of Redlands students from the senior cohort select the IB Diploma Programme. 

The IB Diploma is widely accepted as an entrance qualification for university study worldwide. Detailed information concerning worldwide university entry requirements and the IB Diploma is available on the IBO and AAIBS (Association of Australasian IB Schools) at websites and respectively.

The IB Diploma Curriculum

The IB course is taught continuously over two years in Years 11 and 12. It provides a liberal educational experience across six academic subjects allowing for focus in the three Higher Level subjects and breadth in the three Standard Level subjects.  It encourages:

  • a rigorous academic approach to the taught courses
  • a critical thinking course – Theory of Knowledge
  • the opportunity to develop individual research skills which will take students  beyond the confines of the syllabus in their chosen subject area – Extended Essay
  • The development of a sense of social responsibility – Creativity, Action and Service.

Bi-lingual and multi-lingual students have the opportunity to study for the Bi-lingual Diploma.