Joann McPike on Achieving IB World School Status

When searching for a high school for her son, Joann McPike researched International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools around the globe. When she could not find the right fit, Ms. McPike decided to establish the THINK Global School, which recently earned IB World School status.

A certification awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), IB World School status denotes a distinct dedication to academics and global citizenship. Furthermore, IBO strives to cultivate compassionate, respectful leaders who will go on to promote positive change in the world.

Earning IB World School authorization usually takes schools two to three years and requires them to commit to long-term program development. After a school has made a decision to pursue IB World School status, administrators must submit an extensive application for candidacy, in which they outline the school’s curriculum, mission, and dedication to professional development. If a school is deemed a candidate, an IB team will visit the school to make their final evaluations.

Presently, more than 3,555 schools in 144 countries have achieved IB World School status. To learn more about how THINK Global School meets the International Baccalaureate Organization’s rigorous requirements, please visit


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