What is the IB?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an educational program with curricula designed for students aged 3 to 19 years. Strong academic performance since its establishment in 1968 has earned the programs high international recognition, and we adhere to them at ThIS. The International Baccalaureate sets itself apart from other educational paths by emphasizing the encouragement of critical thinking and challenging presupposed truths among students. IB places importance on a holistic approach, grounded in the fundamental vision of creating a more peaceful world through education that fosters intercultural understanding and respect.

The International Baccalaureate (IBO) consists of 4 programs

The Primary Years Program (PYP) and Middle Years Program (MYP) are primary school programs for the age groups of 6–12 and 13–16 years.

The Diploma Program (DP) and Careers Related Program (CP) are high school programs for the age group 16–19 years. DP and CP represent academic studies and a combination of academic and career-oriented learning.

The only school in Trondheim offering IB for ages 6–16

At Trondheim International School we implement the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP). Since PYP and MYP cater to different age groups, they have slightly different focuses but share the same educational philosophy at their core. Through PYP, our emphasis is on building fundamental understanding and exploring learning. Moving forward with MYP, we aim to enhance critical thinking and prepare students for high school and further studies.

Principles of learning

PYP and MYP have fundamental principles of learning. By adhering to these principles, we aim to develop students into curious, reflective, knowledgeable, and engaged global citizens. Here is a brief overview of how we apply these principles:

  • Holistic Learning – We work towards helping students understand the connection between different subject areas.
  • Exploration-Oriented Learning – We encourage students to ask questions, explore, and actively discover knowledge.
  • International Perspective – We emphasize the development of cultural understanding and respect through global issues.
  • Challenging Learning – We challenge students to think critically and solve problems in a creative and meaningful manner.
  • Reflection and Action – We encourage students to reflect on their own learning and to take action based on this reflection.

Information about all programs

Visit the Information from IBO to discover more about the IB. These are some of the main documents that help explain the IB and how it operates globally. If you would like more information about the International Baccalaureate, please visit the IB website: