The IB Continuum at St. Johns

St. John's International School is the only all-through International Baccalaureate (IB) School in Belgium. Part of the International Baccalaureate Organisation, we have been accredited by the IB since 1978, and we are the only international school in Belgium to offer students the IB Continuum - providing an IB education to students from Primary, right through to High School.

The International Baccalaureate is an internationally recognised curriculum, which is highly regarded by top universities around the world. Our exceptional teachers deliver the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the IB Diploma Programme (DP), with outstanding results.


Excellent Student Outcomes

We have built our reputation for excellence on strong foundations of academic achievement, and our students typically go on to gain entry to the best universities around the world. As a continuum school, our learners benefit from a seamless, holistic approach to their studies, with a consistent focus on inquiry-based, transdisciplinary learning. 

We are preparing our students to become successful global citizens and the IB approach ensures that our graduates leave St. John's not just with qualifications that are recognised in many countries around the globe, but with the skills and knowledge necessary to adjust easily to the rigour and expectations of life beyond school - whichever path they choose to take.

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Why Choose our School to Study the IB?

At St. John's we were one of the first schools in Belgium to deliver the IB, and our students consistently achieve results above the world average. This is both a testament to the commitment of our students and the strong foundations of academic excellence we have built at our school. 

As IB educators, we are committed to helping students achieve academic excellence regardless of age or ability level, and we believe passionately in the student-centred approach of the IB: we see learners as individuals, and provide an education that is well-rounded in scope, focusing on developing our students intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially - not just preparing them for taking tests.


The Benefits of Our Approach

At each stage of the IB programme, emphasis is placed on teaching students a broad range of skills as well as the ability to apply them in different contexts. By following a curriculum that is both broad and deep, and which encourages independent thinking, students are able to take an active role in their own learning. Research suggests that in many cases this is advantageous, with students in IB programmes performing better than non IB students, particularly in mathematics, reading, narrative writing and expository writing. Research also shows that IB students are more likely to complete undergraduate degrees and progress to top positions in the workplace.

The IB Continuum Programme

The IB programme at St. John's provides students with a finely balanced programme of study in both depth and breadth. Learners benefit from the study of a wide variety of subjects, including specialist language programmes beginning in Early Years, so that by the time they reach High School, students are expected (and able) to study two languages, mathematics, natural sciences, a social science and the three core elements of the IB DP: The Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) Programme, a Theory of Knowledge course, and an Extended Essay.

This approach ensures students gain an incredible diversity of skills and knowledge, alongside the ability to effectively manage their studies, think creatively and communicate clearly. Literacy, numeracy and analytical skills are all fundamental parts of an IB education and are woven into daily learning.

By providing the IB Continuum, our learners benefit from a seamless, holistic approach to their studies, with a consistent focus on inquiry-based, transdisciplinary learning.

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