IB Curriculum

The International Baccalaureate Curriculum Programme is taught across the world and is chosen by more than 5,000 schools, teaching more than one million students worldwide.

The IB Mission

The internationally-acclaimed Programme aims to develop inquiring, knowledgable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect - putting emphasis on students’ personal development.

From Early Years to the Diploma Programme, we encourage students to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand the world around them and are motivated to succeed.

To know more please visit the IBO website.

An Introduction to the IB

Established in 1968, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) offers four challenging pre-university programmes to provide “a truly international education.”

The IB covers four distinct programmes:

  • Primary Years Programme (PYP)
  • Middle Years Programme (MYP)
  • Diploma Programme (DP)
  • Career-related Certificate (IBCC)

At the core of all IB Programmes is the learner profile, 10 attributes fostered in students that promote their development as responsible members of their local, national and global communities. IB learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

The IB Curriculum at Dar Al Marefa

Dar Al Marefa is an the only IB world school in Dubai that offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) in Arabic and English.

Our Dar Al Marefa mission corresponds closely with the IB mission. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to learn from this innovative, internationally-minded programme.

As part of our school philosophy, which is shared with the IB, we believe that students benefit enormously from being bilingual, and therefore we offer Arabic and English as Language A – all students are exposed to both languages from pre-primary stage. The purpose of Arabic is to keep students close to their roots and culture, while the inclusion of English is to enable them to be fluent and functional in another language.

Our Teachers

The staffing of Dar Al Marefa is a model of the concept of diversity. We believe that every member of our school is a teacher and learner, whether they are a Homeroom Teacher, Arabic Teacher, Teaching Assistant or student – we all learn vital lessons from each other.

The Dar Al Marefa staff consists of fully qualified teachers from a wide range of countries who bring with them a variety of teaching styles and expertise.



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