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The International Baccalaureate – Inspiring Individuals

Authorisation of the IB Middle Years Program is complete and we are now a *Candidate School for the IB Primary Years and Diploma Programs. This means that we are well along the path to becoming a model school for a progressive approach to the IB across the whole of the school. Since 2014, Preshil has introduced a secondary school program based on the *International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) for Years Seven to Ten. This program is a perfect fit for Preshil to continue its progressive approach in a dynamic and internationally supported network of schools.

Building on our unique curriculum style at Arlington, which is a developmental program underpinned by a child-centred inquiry and project-based approach, the International Baccalaureate MYP allows for a more structured and challenging curriculum as we support all our students who are currently in the senior school to explore their own pathway to studies in the VCE.

The Middle Years Program draws upon a world-leading curriculum that encourages students to become active, compassionate and life-long learners. Importantly, it caters for all learning styles. It is an internationally recognised course across 144 countries.

This Middle Years Program allows us to lay the foundation for the introduction of the Diploma course of the IB in 2018. Until this time our teachers will continue their absolute commitment to their VCE students.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a globally recognised qualification which emphasises personal interest and research and genuine criteria based assessment, in place of a limited system of ranking students against each other.

The IB 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 organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

The 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”.

Our International Baccalaureate Timeline


A carefully managed and considered timeline for the transition is central to our Strategic Plan.

  • 2016 – MYP structure fully implemented and recruitment of IB Diploma Coordinator.
  • 2017 – Preparation and professional development for IB Diploma.
  • 2018 – Introduction of IB for Year 11 catering for all learning styles and needs.
  • 2019 – Completion of transition to the IB across the secondary school.

Download Strategic Plan Towards 2023 Booklet here

*Preshil is an authorised IB World School for the Middle Years Programme, a candidate school for the IB Primary Years and Diploma Programme. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Preshil – The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme. Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org