International Baccalaureate

Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorised to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP) the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP).

IB programmes provide a curriculum framework that is broad, balanced, conceptual and connected.

The PYP is for pupils aged 3 to 12 and focuses on the development of the whole child in the classroom and in the outside world. Following its latest IB PYP Evaluation report in 2020, the Junior School was given 45 commendations and zero recommendations for its programme implementation - only the second time this has happened in the history of the IB Asia-Pacific region.

CGGS is the only school in the ACT offering the MYP program. The MYP is for students aged 11 to 16 years of age. It is a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. 

The Diploma Programme is for students aged 16 to 19. It is a demanding two year curriculum leading to final examinations and a qualification that is welcomed by leading universities around the world.

The IB does not own or administer any of the schools that employ its world renowned education programmes. CGGS works in partnership with the IB to share in the commitment to providing our students with the highest level of international education.

Recognised internationally

The IB Programmes are internationally renowned, and the Diploma Programme is recognised by all major tertiary institutions in Australia. The IB works with 5,175 schools in 157 countries to offer the three IB programs: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP), to approximately 775,000 students world-wide. CGGS is an IB World School, and the only school in the ACT offering the three programmes from 2022.

The IB 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 IB works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

 IB learners strive to be: 


They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.


They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In doing so, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.


They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.


They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.


They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.


They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.


They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.


They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.


They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.


They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognise and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.