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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Cairns State High


Cairns State High School has delivered the IB Diploma Programme as a senior schooling pathway since 2010. The challenging two year program develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The program also serves as a preparatory university course with the possibility of university credits. The school is very proud of the increasing numbers and calibre of graduates in each cohort.


More than an education, a world of opportunities

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a challenging educational program which is offered by a worldwide community of schools. The program has gained a reputation for its high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalised 21st century, and for helping to develop the future citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world.

In 2018, the International Baccalaureate (IB) celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Pioneering a movement of international education in 1968, the non-profit foundation now offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes to students aged 3-19 years old. Through a unique curriculum with high academic standards, we champion critical thinking and a flexibility for learning by crossing disciplinary, cultural and national boundaries. The IB currently engages with more than 1.4 million students in almost 5000 schools across 153 countries around the world.


Progression policy in the IBDP

Students’ academic progress, behaviour, effort and attention to homework will be closely monitored throughout the programme.  A student who does not meet the rigorous standards required in a particular subject will be asked to show cause and work with their subject teacher to put strategies in place for success.  Students who continue to not meet the standard or do not meet the standard in two or more subjects will be required to meet with the IB Coordinator to consider their continuing registration in the IBDP.    

Dr Stefanie Biancotti l Head of Department, International Baccalaureate 
T 4050 3065 l E


Jill Brough l IB Admin Officer l T 4050 3058 l E​