What is IB?

International Baccalaureate

Alturas International Academy and Alturas Preparatory Academy are the only schools in Southeastern Idaho to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, having achieved the designation for our Primary Years and for the Middle Years. The International Baccalaureate is a natural fit for Alturas' global mindset and for families seeking more breadth and depth in the learning process for their students. With the start of the 2019-2020 school year, we became an authorized IB World School.


The International Baccalaureate® 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 organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes 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 World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.

** Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org