The Programme is designed for highly motivated students interested in earning the IB Diploma, or individual IB Courses, in addition to their high school diploma. Students enter the two-year Diploma Programme as a high school junior. Students begin to take courses designed to prepare them for IB during their freshmen and sophomore years. IB offers high quality programmes of international education to a worldwide community of schools. The Programme began in 1968 as a non-profit education foundation. It was designed to provide a consistent education for internationally minded students preparing for college, by providing a common curriculum and common assessments. IB Programmes promote the education of the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge. The IB approach is interdisciplinary and requires students to apply learning in one course to learning in another. Students learn to transfer critical and conceptual thinking from one situation to the next. Additionally, the curriculum encourages the study of international perspectives so students are prepared to navigate the increasingly global marketplace. Today, there are more than 1,101,000 IB students in 3,584 schools in 145 countries.
In Farmington Public Schools, the IB program is a 4 year high school program. The first two years in the program are considered to be IB Prep where the classes and the content are intended to prepare the student for the standards and requirements of the full IB program. The last two years of the program is what is considered to be the actual IB program where students are taking IB classes based on the IB curriculum.