What is International Baccalaureate Organisation?
The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) is a non-profit educational organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland and was founded in 1968. It is an international organisation which is not associated with any particular country and free of any national, political or educational agendas. The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools.There are 3 programs for students aged 3 to 19 which help in the development of intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world. There are more than 5,96,000 IB students at 2,218 schools in 125 countries. The three programs offered by IB are:
PYP: The Primary Years Program (Kindergarden to Class 5).
MYP: The Middle Years Program (Class 6 to Class 10).
DP: The Diploma Program (Class 11 to Class 12).
What are IB World Schools?
Schools which are recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization and offer the IB curriculum are known as IB World Schools. There are just 40 IB World Schools all over India.The list of authorized schools is available on the IBO website www.ibo.org.
What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program – IBDP?
The IBDP is a comprehensive two-year course and is a rigorous academic program. It is designed as a pre-university program for students aged 16 to 19. There are a wide range of courses designed to meet the interests and requirements of different students. In addition to the courses offered, it is a unique program because only the IBDP includes the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) program, the Extended Essay and the Theory of Knowledge course. Together these offer IBDP students experiences and skills that are not available in any other program. The subjects in DP are as follows.
DP students choose one subject from each of the following six ‘Subject Groups’:
Group 1: First Language (English)
Group 2: Second Language (French, German ab initio, Hindi, etc)
Group3: Individuals and Societies (History, Economics, Business and Management, etc)
Group 4: Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Systems)
Group 5: Mathematics and Computer Science
Group 6: Electives (either Visual Arts or a second subject from Groups 3, 4 or 5)
In addition, all DP students must study a two-year course called Theory of Knowledge (TOK); work to produce on Extended Essay (EE); and engage in Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS).
Which IB subjects should a student register for?
The choice of IB subjects should be according to:
Areas of strength
University requirements for each country
What are TOK, EE, and CAS?
Theory of Knowledge is an essay of 1,200-1,600 words written on a given title (from a choice of ten), followed by a ten-minute presentation of the essay by the student in the class.
The Extended Essay is an original independent research leading a DP student to produce a comprehensible written piece of 3,500-4,000 words in any chosen subject and title.
Under Creative, Action and Service (CAS), each DP student must complete at least 150 hours of work spread over one-and-a-half years, engaging in some form of creativity, participating in sport or other physical action, and doing social service.
Is the IB recognized in India and Worldwide?
The rigor and high standards of the IBDP ensure that colleges and universities around the world recognize the IB Diploma as a superior academic program and a strong university – entry credential.
The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) rates the IB Diploma at par with Class 12 CBSE, ICSE, NIOS or State Boards. Many educational institutions and colleges have published their policies and entry criteria for IB students on their websites. For example, Delhi University colleges have specified their conditions for entry of IB students. The information is also available on the IBO website www.ibo.org
Universities in over 110 countries recognize the IB Diploma and it will allow entrance to the most competitive universities around the world. The university admission authorities recognize the academic rigor of the IBDP, and value the “extra” parts of the Diploma, such as TOK, CAS and the Extended Essay.
Most universities in Europe require the full Diploma as a qualification for entry.
It is considered to be worth ‘four and a half’ A Level.
Higher Level Courses are broadly equal to British A-Level courses.
Higher Level courses are considered equivalent to American Advanced Placement (AP) courses Successful IB Diploma students may be offered credit (particularly for Higher Level courses and TOK) for first year university courses in Canadian and American Universities overseas.
Why should I select IB for my child?
The IB Diploma has earned universal reputation for rigorous assessment, giving students access to the top colleges and universities in India and the world. IB is fast becoming the program of choice for Indian students preparing to pursue higher education abroad.
The IB curriculum equips students with the tools needed to succeed in higher education, such as self-confidence, preparedness, research skills, organizational skills and being actively engaged in self learning.
Some universities even offer scholarships to IB diploma holders.
University admissions around the world are getting competitive by the day. Admission officers are increasingly looking for other evidence that a student will succeed in the university – such as exposure to quality curriculum, research abilities, an international outlook and social service – all enhanced by the IBDP.
How are IB students assessed in the IBDP Program?
There are two kinds of IB assessments: External and Internal. Some of the assessment methods include portfolios/dossiers, written essays, studio-work, experimental work, oral commentaries, as well as written exams and are designed for different learning styles. Considering that exams may or may not reflect what a student really knows and what he or she is able to do, having a variety of assessment tools allows the IB organization to fairly assess the student’s true ability.
In addition, the grading system for all the IB programs is criterion-referenced, to allow each student’s performance to be measured against well-defined levels of achievement. Assessments with oral and written components are assessed by examiners worldwide and monitored by chief examiners with ample experience.
What criteria do universities use for giving college credit to IB classes or for recognizing the IB Diploma?
The criterion varies from one university to another and from one country to another. Generally, Universities give credit to higher level subjects with grades (5-7) and up to one year college credit for a good IB diploma score.
Due to the fact that the requirements of individual universities or countries are constantly changing, the School cannot guarantee recognition of the IB Diploma or IB certificate. It is the sole responsibility of students and their parents to verify the university/country requirements prior to initiating the IB Program. The IBO website provides a searchable database of countries and their recognition policies. It is strongly recommended that parents contact the universities directly to verify that the information is up to date. Visit the International Baccalaureate Organization’s website (http://www.ibo.org) for more details.
What is the profile of a successful International Baccalaureate student?
Excited and enthusiastic about learning
Self-motivated, mature, self-disciplined and goal oriented
Fluent in written and oral communication
Strong study and organizational skills and an efficient time manager
Intellectually inquisitive and creative
An independent, critical thinker Performing well academically
Proficient in math
Involved in school/community activities
How do students enroll in the IB Diploma Program at MIS?
Students and parents are invited to attend an orientation session on the International Baccalaureate diploma program. IB diploma aspirants will have to complete an application process that includes:
Student records for 9th and 10th grades
An IB committee comprised of the Principal, IB Coordinator and the counselor will evaluate each application carefully and make recommendations.
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