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.

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 action, 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 150 hours of CAS ( Creativity, Action and Service).

Group 1: Language A1*:  English Literature or English Language and Literature, Italian Literature or Italian Language and Literature, Chinese Literature

Group 2: Second Language*:  English, Italian, French, Spanish

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

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

Group 5: Mathematics:  Mathematical Studies, Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL 

Group 6: The Arts:  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.

Click here to review the requirements for an IB diploma.


Additional Resources

IB Presentation: Click here to download a presentation that provides a general overview of the IB program.

IB News


The Mission Statement of the International Baccalaureate Organization
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.
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