International Baccalaureate


Click on the above International Baccalaureate Parent Handbook to learn more about the IB Diploma at Ivanhoe Grammar School.

The International Baccalaureate provides more academic choice for our students

Students at The Ridgeway Campus have the opportunity to study the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program as an alternative to the VCE. The IB Diploma Program operates in approximately 3008 schools around the world in 143 different countries and provides a cohesive and comprehensive educational program for motivated students. Highly regarded by both Australian and international universities, the Diploma is recognised as an excellent tertiary preparation course.

Students are encouraged to think critically and creatively, improve communication skills – both written and oral, develop an awareness and appreciation of other cultures, cultivate an international perspective and understanding and establish a pattern of commitment to learning. The 'learner profile' for the IB, which shapes the curriculum and pedagogy, emphasises 10 personal qualities including open-mindedness, courageousness and reflectiveness. Find out more about the learner profile here.

Read student and parent testimonials of their experience of the IB here.

You can view the IB official website here.

The IB Curriculum

The focus of this two-year program is the education of the whole person. It is based on a combination of the principles of:

  • enquiry-based learning
  • academic rigour
  • critical thinking

The curriculum for the IB Diploma is shown in the diagram below. The emphasis of the curriculum is to study a broad range of subjects thus keeping options open for future study. The six curriculum areas of the circle are studied in addition to completing the three central elements. 

IB Ivanhoe Grammar School

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In order to be eligible for the award of the IB Diploma, students must:

  • study six academic subjects, one from each of the six subject groups (or for Group 6 you may choose to do one more subject from either Group 3 or Group 4). Three of these subjects must be taken at a Higher Level and the remainder at Standard Level.
  • complete requirements of the three central elements: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Action and Service (CAS ).

Subjects offered at Ivanhoe Grammar School

Group 1 - Studies in Language and Literature: English Literature, Chinese Literature

Group 2 - Language Acquisition: French, Japanese, ab initio Indonesian

Group 3 - Individuals and Societies: Economics, History, Psychology, Business Management* 

Group 4 - Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sports, Exercise and Health Science* 

Group 5 - Mathematics: Mathematics

Group 6 - The Arts: Music, Visual Arts