International Baccalaureate



Benowa State High School an authorized International Baccalaureate World School. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) was introduced in 2018 and has strengthened the school’s vision of Many Pathways ~ No Limits. The IB is a holistic International Education program that prides itself on excellence in education.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) formerly known as the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) founded in 1968 is registered as a foundation with the Swiss Federal Government and holds consultative status with UNESCO. It is funded largely from fees paid by participating schools.

The IB works with schools and educators around the world, from its three Global Centres (The Hague, Bethesda and Singapore); the Foundation office (Geneva); the Assessment Centre (Cardiff); and the Buenos Aires Office.

  • The Assessment Centre oversees two examination sessions per year in May and November.
  • Benowa State High School prepares their candidates for the November exam session.
  • Thousands of individual examiners worldwide participate in the assessment of student work.
The IB aims to develop enquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through inter-cultural understanding and respect. To this end the IB works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programs of international education.​

IB Mission Statement

Through comprehensive and balanced curricula coupled with challenging assessments, the International Baccalaureate aims to assist schools in their endeavours to develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate the experience of the classroom to the realities of the world outside. Beyond intellectual rigour and high academic standards, strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship, to the end that IB students may become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs, conscious of the shared humanity that binds all people while respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that makes for the richness of life. 

Entry into the IB Diploma and Fees

Students may enter the IB DP at one of two points:

  • Year 10 Preparation Program.
  • Year 11 into the IB Diploma Programme.

Under the current legislation, all schools offering the IB DP are required to charge a regulated fee.

Further details about the entry process and fees are available on the IB Diploma Information Booklet (PDF, 920KB)   

IB and University Entrance and Advanced Standing

The IB Diploma is looked upon very favourably by Australian and International Universities. Some universities offer advanced standing for students who have completed the IB Diploma. Further information about University policy on the IB Diploma can be found below:

Local Universities

Griffith University

Bond University 

University of Queensland

Queensland University of Technology

Southern Cross University

National and International Universities

The document below outlines University policy to the IB Diploma from many Universities both in Australia and across the world.

If you have any queries email: 

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

Last reviewed 08 March 2022
Last updated 08 March 2022