The Guild of IB Schools of the Northeast (GIBS) is an Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools in North America representing schools in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is to promote and develop International Baccalaureate Programs in our region of the U.S. The Guild of IB Schools of the Northeast is a nonprofit corporation registered in New York State. The Guild was founded in January 1997. Originally comprised of six schools, GIBS membership has grown to over 100 schools.
GIBS recognizes the unique and important global context of the IB curriculum and is striving, through student-led initiatives, to emphasize the importance of interschool contact in the U.S. and worldwide. It is an important goal of this organization to establish interschool events which expose students to cross-cultural ideas, and to seek joint ventures that offer service to the greater community. With the tremendous interest in IB Programs in the United States, GIBS seeks to assist IB Americas in its function of disseminating information about its educational programs to prospective schools, colleges, and State Education Departments in the northeastern United States.
The primary goal is the sharing of expertise through routine contact by member schools. Teacher Roundtables occur throughout the academic year in all major subject areas. At these meetings, GIBS teachers share strategies for success in their subjects. In this way the curriculum of the four IB Programs can be enriched, so that students in the member schools are presented with the best possible pedagogy.