International Baccalaurate Overview

A World-Class Curriculum

The International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum is a globally recognized leader in the field of international education. IB programmes encourage students, age 3 to 19 years, to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged world citizens.

Founded in 1968, IB programmes are offered by more than 3,000 schools in 139 countries to approximately 845,000 students. The North Atlanta community enjoys a rich IB tradition and is one of only 18 places in North America and the Caribbean region where students can experience a full continuum of the IB curriculum.

IB Middle Years Programme at NAHS

North Atlanta’s six elementary feeder schools offer the IB Primary Years Programs for students in grades 1-5. Sutton Middle School offers the IB Middle Years Programme, which spans sixth through tenth grade. Accordingly, Sutton students begin the Middle Years Programme in sixth grade and complete the final two years of this program during ninth and tenth grade at NAHS.

IB Diploma Programme at NAHS

The IB experience concludes with the Diploma Program, which is an elective curriculum for grades 11 and 12. In contrast to many schools that reserve the Diploma Program for select students, all North Atlanta students have the option to pursue the IB diploma if they wish to do so. The IB Diploma Program at North Atlanta is the oldest in the southeast, having originated at North Fulton High School in 1982.

IB Career-Related Programme at NAHS

The IB CP serves students in the 11th and 12th grade who want the academic rigor of the International Baccalaureate program in preparation for college while focusing on an established career pathway.  offers North Atlanta the flexibility to select the career pathways they want to offer.  North Atlanta offers the following career pathways: Audio Visual Technology and Film; Business and Technology; Graphic Design; Information Technology-Web and Digital Design; Information Technology-Programming; and JROTC-Army. Maynard Jackson will offer: Audio Visual Technology and Film; Engineering and Technology; Graphic Design; Information Technology-Web and Digital Design; and JROTC-Army.

Learn more about the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) HERE.

IB Middle Years Programme:  Nikia Showers, nikia.showers@atlanta.k12.ga.us

IB Diploma & IB Career-Related Programmes:  Danielle Costarides, dcostarides@atlanta.k12.ga.us