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 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, German, Classical Greek, Latin

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.

New to Marymount International School Rome? Please read here for the Secondary School's computer requirements.

IB News


IB Program Information

IBO Mission Statement

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.
Taken from

IB Diploma Program Guidebook

IB Program Requirements

Requirements for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program The International Baccalaureate Diploma program is a two-year program for Grades 11 to 12.  Students select three Higher Level (HL) and three Standard Level (SL) subject areas from those offered at the school:  

  • Group 1: English A Literature SL/HL or English A Language and Literature SL/HL, Italian A Literature SL/HL or Italian A Language and Literature SL/HL, Chinese A Literature SL/HL.  
  • Group 2: English B SL/HL, Italian B SL/HL, French B SL/HL, Spanish B SL/HL, Italian ab initio SL, German.               
  • Group 3: European History SL/HL, Economics SL/HL, Psychology SL/HL.  
  • Group 4: Biology SL/HL, Chemistry SL/HL, Physics SL/HL, Environmental Systems and Societies*, Computer SL/HL.  
  • Group 5: Mathematical Studies SL, Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL.  
  • Group 6: Art SL/HL, Music SL/HL, Theatre Arts SL/HL.
* Also fulfills the Group 3 requirement

In addition:  Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and CAS    

Exams and Grading
An international Board of Chief Examiners, assisted by approximately 300 adjunct examiners in different countries, administer and grade IB exams and papers. Exams may include written work, multiple choice questions, essays, and orals. At the Higher and Standard Levels, each examined subject is graded on a 7-point scale as follows:   
1: very poor,  2: poor, 3: mediocre, 4: satisfactory, 5: good, 6: very good, 7: excellent.  
The awarding of the IB diploma requires a minimum total of 24 points and no failing condition, the satisfactory completion of the Theory of Knowledge course, completion of an Extended Essay, and fulfillment of CAS hours.   

Any student who successfully completes a diploma program, which includes either two A languages or subjects in Groups 3 or 4 tested in a language different from the A language, will be awarded a Bilingual Diploma.   Candidates sitting for individual examinations rather than full IB Diploma are awarded subject certificates.    

Additionally, candidates who wish to enter Italian state universities may follow one of the programs recognized by the Italian Ministry of Public Education. 

Italian Universities Program Requirements

The Italian Ministry of Public Education recognizes the International Baccalaureate Diploma as a basis for entry to courses at universities in Italy and other institutions of higher education in Italy if the candidate selects a program which conforms to one of the three options below:

OPTION 1: Maturità Linguistica First Language (must be at Higher Level) Second Language History, Economics, or Psychology Biology or Chemistry or Physics Mathematical Studies or Mathematics Third Language. 

OPTION 2: Maturità Scientifica First Language Second Language History, Economics or Psychology Biology or Chemistry or Physics Mathematics (must be at Higher Level) Visual Arts or Chemistry or Biology or Computer Science. 

OPTION 3: Maturità Scienze Umane First Language Second Language History or Psychology (must be at Higher Level) Biology or Chemistry or Physics Mathematical Studies or Mathematics SL Visual Arts or Economics or, if not taken above, Psychology or History.

Notes: (i) the additional diploma requirements stated in the previous section are also required.

IB Program Academic Honesty Policy

Please find the IB Academic Honesty Contract Here

General Regulations from the IBO


Ms. Orla Ni Riordain
IB Coordinator