International Baccalaureate

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The York Academy is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. We are proud to be the only school in York County - and one of just four in Pennsylvania - authorized to offer the Primary Years (K-5) and Middle Years Programmes (6-10) to students. Currently, the York Academy Upper School is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme (11-12), which is respected and recognized among the world’s higher education institutions. For students, success in the IB often results in advanced standing, course credits, scholarships and other admissions related benefits at many colleges and universities.

The IB programmes focus on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB  framework prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right questions is a crucial skill that will allow them to flourish long after they’ve left the Academy. 

IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a perse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision. The IB curriculum is shared in over 5,000 schools globally in 150 countries world-wide.

International Baccalaureate 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 organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These 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.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.