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IB Graduating Pathway

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

SOPHIA MUNDI STEINER SCHOOL is an accredited IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that (this school) believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) as IB World Schools can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme.

For further information about the IBO and its programmes, visit

The IB Diploma is an internationally recognized Programme for 16 to 19 year olds and has become renowned across the globe for its integrity and academic rigour. Sophia Mundi began offering the IB Diploma in 2011, with the first class graduating in 2013. The Diploma course aims to produce young people who are
intellectually curious; skilled in a range of academic fields, and who are creative, active and compassionate members of the international community. The IB Diploma is a sound preparation for life and for students seeking entrance to universities and colleges in Australia and overseas.

As a school that offers the Diploma Programme, Sophia Mundi’s small class sizes and wide range of subject offerings means that our senior students enjoy a broad academic base and consequently satisfy a wide–range of university entrance requirements. As one of two Steiner Schools in the world to offer the IB Diploma, our students are uniquely positioned to succeed in Programme. In the three years that Sophia Mundi has been running the IB Diploma Programme, the pass rate and average score of a Sophia Mundi student has been well above the world average. In 2014, 100 % of students who attempted the full Diploma course passed and received an offer to University. In fact, our alumni are currently studying a wide range of subjects in some of the top Universities in Australia and the United States including Melbourne University and Georgetown University in the U.S.

The School hosts several IB Information Evenings throughout the year, and we encourage parents and students to attend these. The SMSS IB Diploma Handbook is also linked below.

The International Baccalaureate has published the document what-is-an-ib-education? for an overview of the IB.

The Sophia Mundi IB Handbook is specific to the IB here at Sophia Mundi.

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 organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations 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.

Aims and objectives of the Diploma Programme:

Provide an internationally acceptable qualification for entry into higher education

Promote international education and intercultural understanding

Develop a holistic view of knowledge that emphasizes the connections between the various fields of learning

Educate the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth in a student-centred philosophy

Develop enquiry and thinking skills, and the capacity to reflect upon and to evaluate actions critically.


For more information on the IB, including an explanation of course requirements and helpful hints for supporting children in IB Programmes, please visit the following link

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