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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 in action.


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 professionally rewarding. 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

Pedagogical leadership
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.

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