The International School of Bologna opened a Secondary School in September 2013 which provides a world-class qualification for students. ISB was authorised to run the IB Diploma Programme in May 2015, and we currently have our first cohort students who started in August this year.
In June 2012, the International School of Bologna Board published the following vision statement: The International School of Bologna will be a premier, three programme (PYP, MYP and DP), International Baccalaureate World School expanding one grade level each year until we graduate our first students in June 2017. ISB will be the school of choice for internationally-minded parents in the Emilia-Romagna region and a leader of IB schools in Italy.
This vision for the school has come to fruition and we now offer all three Programme IB World School. Our secondary students will complete a five year MYP programme followed by the two year DP. There are external exams given by the IB at the end of year of these programmes. The Diploma programme is acknowledged by the Italian Ministry of Education and is considered to be equivalent to the maturità.
The IB Diploma Programme is now offered by 2,377 IB World School and is recognized in 140 countries. This qualification opens the door for students to apply at universities all over the world. Also, it may allow students to be accelerated through the initial courses at universities in some countries.