True to our principles and based on our experience as a fully bilingual Gymnasium and “Europaschule” we provide especially gifted and resilient pupils, even within the limits of the state school system, an appropriately demanding educational offer with an international focus. Since the start of the 2011/12 school year we are also the only state school in the state of Bremen to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
The IB Diploma was first developed 35 years ago and it has become a recognised entry qualification for tertiary education, particularly in the USA, Canada and Asia but also in Europe. Although mainly used by private international schools as a school leaving certificate it is now being increasingly offered by German state schools in addition to the Abitur. Such schools require a specific authorisation from the International Baccalaureate Organisation before they can do this.
In comparison with pupils in who have obtained a national school leaving certificate holders of an IB Diploma have far more international opportunities. The high level of global recognition accorded to the International Baccalaureate is backed up by the statistics. Today some 1700 schools in more than 100 countries offer the IB diploma programme, 700 of these in the USA and Canada and almost 2000 universities around the world recognise the IB as an entry qualification. Highly regarded US-American universities and colleges consider it such a positive indicator of learning and achievement that they frequently grant applicants with the IB Diploma freshman credits and thereby waive the need to follow introductory courses. Further information about the IB programme at the HBG can be found in the information brochure.