International Baccalaureate


Marymount has offered the IB program since 1985, placing it as one of Rome's first schools to implement this program.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a two-year pre-university program of study designed to meet the needs of students in international schools throughout the world. Those who wish to pursue an IB diploma or IB subject certificates should be prepared to follow a highly demanding program in Grades 11 and 12 that includes the study of languages, individuals and societies, experimental sciences, math and computer science, and the arts.

The IB Learner Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.

In order to receive the IB diploma, students will sit for examinations in six subject areas at the conclusion of Grade 12 as well as follow a course in Theory of Knowledge, the focus of which is to demonstrate the interdependence of various subjects. Lastly, students must also submit an Extended Essay and participate in creativity, activity, and service (CAS) programs.

More than half of all IB candidates worldwide are from the USA, where IB classes can make college applications stronger and may offer the opportunity to receive university credit. The IB also prepares students for admission to colleges and universities from countries worldwide, including the UK and Italy, where Marymount's IB Program is recognized by the Ministry of Public Instruction for entrance to Italian universities.

Subject Areas

The IB Diploma candidate studies and takes exams in six subjects, one from each of the categories listed below (three at Higher Level, three at Standard Level) as well as a course in Theory of Knowledge and complete CAS ( Creativity, Activity and Service).

Group 1: Language A*:  English Literature or English Language and Literature, Italian Literature or Italian Language and Literature, French Literature, Arabic Literature, Chinese Literature, Russian Literature

Group 2: Second Language*:  English, Italian, Italian ab-initio, French, French ab-initio, Spanish, German, Chinese, Russian, Ancient Greek, Latin

Group 3: Individuals & Societies:  Business Management, Economics,  History, Psychology, Environmental Systems and Societies

Group 4: Experimental Sciences:  Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Environmental Systems and Societies

Group 5: Mathematics:  Mathematical Analysis and Approaches, Mathematical Applications and Interpretation

Group 6: The Arts:  Visual Art, Music and Theatre Arts (or students may select an additional subject from those listed above)

* Other languages may be arranged in consultation Marymount’s IB Coordinator.


IB Program Information

Eleanor Moore

Ms. Eleanor Moore
IB Coordinator