International Baccalaureate Preparing students for life by encouraging endeavours that support academic success, as well as taking an active role in the arts, their community, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Mercedes College is South Australia's only Catholic school offering the IB Organisation curriculum from Reception  to Year 12, and one of just a handful of schools delivering the programme at all three levels.

For more than 30 years, students at Mercedes College have studied the IB curriculum:

  • Reception to Year 5 students participate in our IB Primary Years Programme (PYP).
  • Year 6 to Year 10 study our IB Middle Years Programme (MYP).
  • Students in Years 11 and 12 may choose to complete the IB Diploma Programme or the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Regardless of their choice, having studied the IB programme, students are well equipped for success.

No other curriculum more comprehensively prepares students for life in an increasingly intercultural world, nor more effectively opens their minds to a life of independent learning. It develops inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

There's no doubt that students at Mercedes College are provided with a unique education, with the Australian curriculum taught through the IB framework.

Each of the IB Programmes enables students to make sense of the complexities of the world around them, as well as equipping them with the skills and qualities needed for taking responsible action for the future. The programmes cross disciplines, plus cultural, national and geographical boundaries, championing critical thinking, stimulating ideas, and effective relationships.

At all three levels of the programme - Primary, Middle and Diploma - our students develop strong academic, social, and emotional characteristics. They will:

  • Be encouraged to think independently and drive their learning
  • Build a sense of identity and cultural awareness
  • Stimulate curiosity to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning
  • Become equipped with the skills to learn, individually or collaboratively, and apply these qualities across a broad range of areas
  • Participate in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
  • Become more culturally aware through the development of a second language
  • Be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalised, rapidly changing world.

The IB Diploma Programme is made up of two components –  six academic subjects and "the Core", which includes a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) unit that develops critical thinking, an extended essay, and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) which is a set of informally assessed activities whereby students develop personal and interpersonal skills through learning experiences including creativity, physical activity, and voluntary services.

The highest possible IB score is 45; this converts into an ATAR of 99.95.

Our highly qualified teachers contribute to the overarching IB framework by writing curriculum updates, evaluations, and assessing students’ exams.

The IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. Ten attributes are identified as those of an IB Learner, whereby we strive to be:

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others, and we learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language, and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination and work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve wellbeing for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.


These attributes of the IB Learner Profile are those valued by IB world schools.

We believe these attributes help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national, and global communities.