• What is an IB Education?

    IB Imagine a worldwide community of schools, educators and students with a shared vision and mission to empower young people with the skills, values and knowledge to create a better and more peaceful world. This is the International Baccalaureate (IB).

    In 1968 the first programme offered by the IB, the Diploma Programme, was established. It sought to provide a challenging yet balanced education that would facilitate geographic and cultural mobility by providing an internationally recognized university entrance qualification that would also serve the deeper purpose of promoting intercultural understanding and respect. With the introduction of the Middle Years Programme in 1994 and the Primary Years Programme in 1997, the IB identified a continuum of international education for students aged 3 to 19.

    Each of the IB programmes reflects a central desire to provide a problem and project based education that enables students to learn as STEMists, historians and artists making sense of the complexities of the world around them.  IB students are equipped with the skills and dispositions needed for taking responsible action for the future. They are provided with an education that crosses disciplinary, cultural, national and geographical boundaries, and that champions critical engagement, stimulating ideas and effective relationships.


    The Diploma Programme is a pathway to university and employment

     In her role as Assistant Dean of Admissions at Stanford University, Debra Von Bargen knows the value of an IB education.
    Picture of Debra Von Bargen with a quote, "When we see an I student's application, we are excited."

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IB Staff Spotlight

  • Congratulations to Carrie Klimes, winner of the IBMA Faculty Recognition Award for October 2020! Carrie graduated from Old Mill in 1994, later receiving her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1998 and Master’s of Education degree in School Counseling in 2001, from Campbell University. She has been a school counselor for 21 years, first at South View Middle School in North Carolina, which fed into an IB Diploma Program school.  She was a member of the committee that established the protocol for Magnet Programs in AACPS, and has been with the IB Program since it’s inception, totaling 13 graduating classes.  She has been an IB Coordinator,  has seized the opportunity to present at an IBMA Conference, has traveled all the way to Wales for IB Training in the Extended Essay, and consistently mentors personal projects and extended essays at Old Mill. The IB Office appreciates your dedication to the IB Programme, Carrie!  


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