The IB Programs at Richard Montgomery        

Richard Montgomery is home to the MCPS IB Magnet, which was the first International Baccalaureate program in the county when it was established in 1987. The Richard Montgomery Cluster also houses the district's only complete IB continuum of programs in the Primary Years Programme at College Gardens Elementary School, the Middle Years Programme partnership between Julius West Middle School and Richard Montgomery and the Diploma Programme also at Richard Montgomery. The three IB programs provide a coherent educational framework which seeks to develop students who are creative and compassionate individuals by promoting international awareness and understanding. The programs operate under the fundamental philosophy that by educating students, we create a better world. 


The International Baccalaureate was founded in 1968 and in the years since its inception has become a worldwide model of an educational framework that values academic integrity and intellectual rigor. The IB offers three different programs of study, the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students ages 6-10, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students ages 11-16, and the Diploma Programme (DP) for students ages 17 and 18.  

The IB Mission

The International Baccalaureate 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. 


Read more about the IB Mission and strategy here. 

The IB Learner Profile

 The IB Learner Profile, as featured in the video segment above, is "the IB Mission translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century." These ten characteristics are essentially a portrait of an IB graduate; a vision of the traits that IB instructional models seek to support in students. IB learners strive to be:  













General Regulations for IB Programs


The General Regulations for each IB program set forth the expectations and requirements for schools, students and teachers. There is a document for the Diploma Programme and one for the Middle Years Programme as well.


Magnet Information

 Magnet Open House Flyer

 Magnet Open House, October 27 at 7:00 p.m.  

For information about MCPS Magnet programs, click hereFor the 8th Grade Application, click here. For the MCPS Test Prep Booklet, click here


Jennifer Hoover
IB Magnet Coordinator
(301) 610-8100


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MYP Information

Molly Clarkson
MYP Coordinator
(301) 610-8157

  • Oct. 6th - 6:30-7:30 PM - 10th grade parent meeting introducing the Personal Project.
  • All 9th graders are students in the Middle Years Programme, regardless of which middle school they attended. Learn more about the program in a new MYP Guide for Parents!
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