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The International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is recognised and respected by the world’s leading universities.

Treetops has chosen the IBDP as our academically-rigorous Year 11 and 12 university entrance programme because of its student-centred, holistic and international approach to education.  The IBO philosophy closely aligns with that of the Montessori philosophy in other areas of the school.

At the centre of an International Baccalaureate (IB) education are students with unique learning styles, strengths, and challenges.  The IB focuses on each student as a whole person.  Thus, IB programmes address not only cognitive development but social, emotional, and physical well-being.  The aim is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people with adaptable skills to tackle society’s complex challenges and who will help to make it a better, more peaceful world.

IB programmes emphasise learning how to learn and teaching students to value learning as an essential, integral part of their everyday lives.

As an IB school, Treetops:

  • inspires students to ask questions, pursue personal aspirations, set challenging goals and develop the persistence to achieve those goals;
  • develops knowledgeable students who make reasoned ethical judgments and acquire the flexibility, perseverance and confidence they need to bring about meaningful change;
  • encourages healthy relationships, individual and shared responsibility, and effective teamwork.


The International Baccalaureate 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 organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations 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.