SSE's Timeline for Becoming an IB World School



    Applied for IB Candidacy

    June 2018

    Received notification that SSE was approved for IB Candidacy 

    November 2018

    Official IB Candidacy begins (IB Consultant assigned to SSE)

    March 2019

    Begin teaching IB Units during our Programme of Inquiry time

    September 2019

    Visit from IB Consultant

    Spring  2020

    Apply for Authorization to become an IB World School

    Fall 2020

    Authorization Team comes to evaluate SSE’s IB implementation

    Winter/Spring  2020-2021

    We wait...

    Fall 2021


    SSE has structured class schedules to allow for a Programme of Inquiry time each day. During this time, students will be involved in inquiry-based learning that challenges them to go beyond the normal classroom experience. Students will be encouraged to be open-minded thinkers and doers. Our hope is that our students will become knowledgeable about the world around them and that they will perform action to make their world a better place. 

    Please feel free to ask me or your child’s teacher any questions about how the IB programme is being implemented in their classroom. I look forward to working with you throughout this school year.

    Megan Barnes

    IB Coordinator @ SSE



    Explanation of terms:

    Candidacy-a period of time when we will begin trial implementation of the programme that will last no less than one academic year. During this time, SSE will commit to improving the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of inquiry-based learning. 

    • 20 hours of remote consultation per year of candidacy. The remote consultation can be carried out via email, telephone or online conversations. 
    • One two-day, on-site visit from the consultant. The visit is planned by the school and the consultant and can take place at any time within the process, depending upon the school’s needs.

    IB Consultant- an individual assigned by the IB who has been fully trained according to global IB policies. This person offers support during the school’s trial implementation period. Both after the consultation visit and at the end of the consultation process, the school will receive a report from the consultant. Each report summarizes the progress made by the school towards meeting the requirements for authorization and provides feedback on the school’s readiness to apply for authorization.

    Applying for Authorization- Once SSE feels prepared to meet the requirements of the programme, we will fill out an electronic application. On the application, we will provide evidence of IB programme implementation. A team will come out to evaluate our school based on those evidences.  

    IB World School- An International Baccalaureate World School 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.