Welcome to www.IB-Schools.com, an Education Advisers website which aims to assist parents who wish to educate their children in the International Baccalaureate at private schools in the UK, Europe, Asia or Australasia. We do not currently cover schools in the Americas but may be able to advise you if this is what you are looking for.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a globally recognised qualification now offered by 5000+ schools in over 150 countries worldwide split approximately equally by state schools (free) and private or independent schools (fee-paying). This website only lists private IB schools. The IB is overseen by The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) in Switzerland. The UK has 128 IB schools, which offer one or more of the International Baccalaureate programmes, of which 75 are private schools.
There are four programmes:
- The Diploma Programme (DP) for students aged 16 to 19
- The Career-related Programme (CP) for students aged 16-19
- The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16
- The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students from 3 to 12.
About 90% of UK IB private schools only offer the Diploma Programme with approximately 10% also teaching the PYP or MYP. In other countries, the IBDP also dominates but there are generally a much higher proportion of schools that also offer the PYP or MYP.
Finding a private IB School
On this site we list all the private IB schools in the UK plus most of the European IB schools as well as the higher-achieving Asian and Australian schools that feature in our league tables. We currently only feature IB Schools which teach primarily in English. Some cities have no IB schools, in which case we can recommend alternatives, including boarding schools.
Which are the top IB schools?
Each year we publish comprehensive league tables of UK independent schools, based on the average points achieved by IB Diploma candidates. We produce two separate tables for UK schools, one for schools with cohorts of 20 or more and one for schools with smaller cohorts of 10-20 students.
We also publish a table of the top IB schools in Europe which share their results. All these schools achieve results significantly above the IBO global average points score. Schools that do not publish their scores tend to have lower results, and are generally not academically selective. Schools in the UK tend to be more selective and outperform those in continental Europe and for this reason, as well as the fact that the UK has now left the EU, they are not included.
We also publish a table of the Global Top 100 IB schools, bringing in private schools in the rest of the world, primarily Asia and Australasia.
Helping parents find the right school
Education Advisers have many years’ experience of assisting families find places for their children at IB private schools. The first consultation of up to 30 minutes, normally by telephone or Zoom, is entirely free of charge and without obligation. We are keen to learn about your child, their academic interests and aspirations and the sort of school they would like to apply to. We can provide clear information about the process and how our expert consultants can help.
Information and Resources
Go to the Resources section for profiles of IB schools and lots of free information about choosing an IB school and selecting the best curriculum in the 6th form. We also invite you to download copies of our free eGuides.
This website is written and published by Education Advisers Ltd. It is nothing to do with and is neither approved nor endorsed by the International Baccalaureate Organisation, which devises and licenses the IB curriculums to IB member schools..
The content and opinions belong to Education Advisers Ltd based on its own experience and research in the public domain.
The league tables are not based on any information supplied by the IBO. Much of it comes directly from information provided by IB schools. We do not undertake to provide details of all IB schools in our rankings or database. In particular we do not cover state (free) schools or schools which do not teach in English, in which case you are advised to use the IBO’s own website for your search. If a school declines to reveal its results, then typically we do not recommend it, nor include it in our searchable database.
The IB is a world class international curriculum which we like to recommend. However, our aim is always to provide the best fit for our client’s children, which means we may recommend other curriculums not offered by IB schools. Our sister website www.best-schools.co.uk contains a wealth of information about other curriculums.