What is IB?*
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) 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 organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
*This information adapted from the IB Organization website.
Why IB at Westlake?
The IB Diploma Programme will provide significant value to the existing Westlake High School Magnet Program as well as the Westlake community in general. The values at the heart of the IB Organization align with long-term goals of Westlake and Fulton County Schools:
Motivated by a Mission
By educating students we can create a better world.
The learner profile expresses our mission statement
We think and work internationally. We welcome the
variety of cultures, opinions, languages and experiences
that make up our organization. We acknowledge our
own cultural identity but also the cultural diversity of the
world we live in.
The quality of our academic programmes is at the
heart of our reputation. Our curriculum is challenging,
our assessment is rigorous, our teacher training is
Our processes of school authorization and evaluation “raise
the bar” when they are implemented in schools.
Participation and partnerships
We choose to collaborate with and involve as many
people as possible in our work. Our curriculum reflects
the shared experiences and best practice of thousands of
educators from around the world. Many of our services
depend on the freely given contributions of professional
We seek to foster positive attitudes and a love of learning
in both teachers and students.
Westlake High School is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Westlake High School believes is important for our students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.