About the International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student.  IB has four programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. They are the Primary Years Programme (PYP - for elementary students), the Middle Years Program (MYP - for students in grades 6-10), the Diploma Programme (DP - for students in grades 11-12) and the Career Certificate (IBCC - for students in grades 11-12). 

Seneca Valley High School is proud to offer the IB Diploma Programme.

Founded in 1968, IB currently works with 3,678 schools in 146 countries to develop and offers four challenging programmes to over 1,139,000 students.  Visit IBO.org for more information.

Watch what IB means at SVHS.

Facts & Figures: The Diploma Programme Around the World

Mission Statement

The IB mission statement is the driving force of the IB Program:

  • 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.

Important Links


MCPS created a short video about the IB programmes in MCPS.  Many Seneca Valley students and our principal are highlighted in this video.




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