International Baccalaureate (IB) at TIGS

The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS) became an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in 2011 when it was first authorised to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

In 2016, TIGS also achieved authorisation for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP). This international recognition marked the culmination of many years of work by the dedicated TIGS staff. TIGS became only the second school in NSW and the twelfth in Australia to be authorised to offer the PYP, MYP and DP programmes.
The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) was established in 1968 in consultation with UNESCO as a service for the children of diplomats. From this small beginning, it has grown to become the world’s leading academic programme for schools and its pedagogy and approaches to teaching embrace the latest understanding of how students learn.
The Illawarra Grammar School offers all three IB programmes:

1.     Primary Years Programme (PYP) covering students from Preparatory through to Year 6. TIGS has been using the PYP framework for learning since 2009.
        There are 1472 schools in 109 countries teaching the PYP.
2.     Middle Years Programme (MYP) covering students from Year 7 to Year 10. TIGS has been using the MYP framework since 2014.
        There are 1117 schools in 108 countries teaching the MYP.
3.     Diploma Programme (DP) covering students in Years 11 and 12. The first students to undertake the DP at TIGS commenced study in Year 11, 2017.

        There are 3104 schools in 147 countries teaching the DP.

Students in Kindergarten to Year 10 at The Illawarra Grammar School, like students in all NSW schools, satisfy the syllabus requirements of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). However, learning is organised within the framework of the PYP and the MYP.
Students in Year 11 and 12 have the choice of studying either the DP or the HSC at TIGS.



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  DP at TIGS

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More information about the programmes of the IBO website

Why has TIGS chosen to become an IB World School?
The Illawarra Grammar School has chosen the programmes of the IBO because:

1.     IB programmes represent best practice in teaching and learning. Learning is concept-based and
        student-focussed with an emphasis on students understanding and engaging in the learning process
2.     Learning is based on the academic disciplines and the mastery of the skills of learning
3.     They encourage students to be internationally-minded and to think beyond their immediate environment
4.     IB students “learn how to learn” and are encouraged to take responsibility for their own educational
        progress by:

  •    asking challenging questions
  •    thinking critically
  •    developing research skills proven to help them in higher education.

5.     Students are encouraged to be active in their communities and to take their learning beyond
        academic study

6.     The focus is on educating the whole child, equipping them for the challenges of the 21st Century

These qualities sit well with the Mission and Values of The Illawarra Grammar School: 

“The achievement of academic excellence in a caring environment that is founded on Christian belief and behaviour, so that students are equipped to act with wisdom, compassion and justice as faithful stewards of our world.”