IAB is a school-based program. Once a public or private school is accredited, all students at that school get enrolled in IAB, beginning with grade 10 (and eventually KG). Only students at accredited schools can enroll in IAB.
IAB works within the context of enriching the curriculum and improving the efficiency of their implementation. To this end, IAB requires the coverage of a set of learning outcomes in each of the following fields:
1- Science: physics, chemistry and biology.
2- Mathematics: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, measurement, calculus, probability and statistics.
3- Languages: Arabic and a foreign language (English or French).
Science and mathematics may be studied and assessed in Arabic, English or French.
The IAB diploma is a secondary school diploma granted based on a student's achievement on various forms of school assessment in grades 10, 11, and 12, including the IAB comprehensive exam administered in grade 12. The diploma comes with an academic transcript that shows the student’s score in all different types of assessments and provides a comprehensive picture of the profile upon graduation.
The IAB Diploma is granted on the basis of:
- Continuous assessment in Grade 10 and Grade 11
- Cross-Disciplinary project in Grade 12
- Comprehensive exam in Grade 12
The IAB Diploma has received equivalence to the British GCE A Level by UK NARIC, the National Agency for the Recognition and Comparison of International Qualifications and Skills. UK NARIC performs this official function on behalf of the UK government.
IAB is strict on quality assurance. To this end, all IAB deployment aspects are continuously monitored, in the spirit of full partnership with school officials, in order to ensure that all IAB matters are properly implemented and to uphold the credibility of all data and practices, especially in relation to assessment.
Partnership is constantly consolidated among participating schools and with ERC in order to provide necessary support for continuous capacity building of various stakeholders. A variety of interaction channels are provided to these ends including the following:
1- Teachers' capacity building program, including continuous professional development programs and regional and local training workshops.
2- Regular regional policy meetings held with local ministry of education officials and other stakeholders to evaluate and continuously improve various aspects of IAB.
3- Regular Country and School Officers meetings held at national and regional levels to continuously refine IAB.
4- IAB help-desk that may be contacted for assistance at any time.
5- Support material, including lesson plans, interactive and extracurricular activities, and items that tackle high order thinking skills and subject interference.
6- Periodic visits to IAB accredited schools to support the staff in the implementation of the program.