• Brief History of the IB

    The International Baccalaureate was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 as a non-profit educational foundation. Its original purpose was to facilitate the international mobility of students preparing for university by providing schools with a curriculum and diploma recognized by universities around the world. Since then its mission has expanded, and it now seeks to make an IB education available to students of all ages.


    International Baccalaureate Programs

    According to the IBO's website, over a million students participate in IB programs at more than 5000 schools in over 140 countries. These students are all enrolled in one of the four programs offered by the IB: the Primary Years Program for ages 3-12; the Middle Years Program for ages 11-16; the Diploma Program for ages 16-19; or the Career-Related Certificate for ages 16-19. The Diploma Programme candidates at Coppell High School are among over 153,000 students from over 6700 authorized programs worldwide who worked toward either IB Diplomas or course certificates in 2020-21. (statistics per the IBO's "2018-19 Annual Review")

    In addition to the Diploma Program at CHS, Pinkerton Elementary is authorized to implement the Primary Years Program and will pursue its eighth year of instruction in that program in 2020-21.


    The State Legislature and Universities Recognize the IB Diploma

    The IB Diploma is widely recognized by many of the leading universities, both nationally and internationally. Additionally, the Texas State Legislature passed SB 111 granting IB Diploma holders a minimum of 24 hours of college credit or placement at Texas state colleges and universities.

    For information on the IB recognition policies for specific colleges and universities, click on the University Recognition of IB link in the resource box. You will find links to colleges and universities commonly attended by CHS students as well as the link to IB's official database of IB recognition at schools around the world*. Acceptance rates for IB a number of specific universities can also be found in the document below.

    *Please be advised that these resources provide general guidelines for prospective students and should not be understood to be applicable in every case. Credits are assigned by the advising staff of the major department on an individual basis when forming the degree plan for each student. Please contact the office of the undergraduate advisors for the major department at universities of interest to you for specific details of their handling of IB results.