All International/ World Schools are not IB World Schools. What makes a school an IB World School?
- School must be authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) of Geneva
- School must offer at least one of the three programs offered by IB
- School should have a cohort of IB trained Teachers and a maintain generous budget for ongoing professional development.
- School should meet the progressive infrastructural requirements of rich research resources in laboratories and library.
How many IB schools exist in the world and in India?
- There are 2,094* schools spread over 125 countries all along the globe
- There are 62* IB schools in India.
When, how and why was IB started?
- 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland
- A group of leading educators from different countries grouped together to develop a contemporary international school curriculum that could be followed universally across the world
- One of the main objectives was to provide a rigorous, consistent high school curriculum for the children of globally mobile families
- In true spirit of its name ‘Baccalaureate’, a French term meaning pre-University, the curriculum was designed with a focus to prepare students to enter and successfully pursue tertiary programs offered by premier Universities of the world.
What are the core competencies of IB?
- Development of a curriculum which is essentially dynamic and continuously evolving to remain relevant in the face of continuous change in all areas of the world.
- Training of teachers to deliver the ever changing curriculum.
- Assessment of the students based on the ever changing curriculum.
Can a student who has gone through another system (such as CBSE/ ICSE etc) join the IB program? What are the challenges? Is the student able to cope up?
The first program envisaged in the IB curriculum was the Diploma (DP) program which is offered in grades 11 & 12 (grades 12 & 13 of the British system). PYP and MYP followed in the 90s. Each of the three programs and more specifically the DP program is designed in a way that students from different streams could adapt to the program requirements. Students find application based curriculum and project work quite encouraging and interesting. Each year many students join IB schools in grades 9 and 11 and have performed well consistently.
How is the streaming done in IB?
In the IB DP program (grades 11 & 12) students are not divided in standard streams. Each student is required to do at least one subject from the following six subject groups:
- Language A1 (First language)
- Language 2 B (Second language)
- Mathematics Individuals and Societies
- Experimental Sciences
- Individuals and Societies Mathematics and Computer Science
- Arts and Electives*
What if one does not want to do or is not good at Math or Science or Humanities?
IB believes that till high school level it is very important to develop a wide knowledge base and thus IB maintains adequate breadth in the curriculum. Whatever career one eventually pursues in life, some bit of math or science or understanding of humanities is necessary to manage world/one’s own affairs and be successful in life. While making a minimum choice from each discipline mandatory, IB offers multiple options within each group to accommodate individual preference and future academic/professional needs) e.g. there are three math Levels on offer; The Sciences group includes subjects such as Design and Technology etc.
What characterizes IB classes?
- Concurrency of Learning
- International mindedness
- Positive attitude to learning
- High quality/high standards
- System of Continuous and comprehensive Assessment
- Challenging questions, critical thinking, research skills
- Most rigorous pre-collegiate curriculum
How is the final assessment done in IB schools?
Examinations at the end of IB DP program are conducted by the IB Research Unit presently based out of Cardiff, UK. All IB schools around the world conduct examinations simultaneously choosing one of the two examination cycles, May or November. Each school is assigned approved IB Examiners based in different parts of the world for different subjects. Grading is done based on criterion referencing and moderation is done by the Cardiff Office. Assessment is based on student’s actual learning, understanding and interpretation of a topic and not merely on memory recall ability. The Final grade is not merely the achievement score of the end of the program examination but is a combination of the student’s project work and performance through the two years of the DP program + the final examination. There are two kinds of assessments:
- Teacher assessments
- Internal IB assessments (taken at school, scored externally)
- External examinations (taken at school, scored externally)
Do universities recognise the IB Diploma?
- The IB works closely with universities in all regions of the world to gain recognition for the IB diploma. To aid this process, university admissions officers and government officials have direct online access to all syllabuses and recent examinations.
- To assist IB diploma students in making appropriate choices, the organization holds a database containing contact details of universities around the world together with up-to-date information about their requirements for admission.
- Students applying to a particular university may also grant permission for their grades to be accessed directly from the IBO’s secure web site.
- Universities value its combination of depth with breadth, its rigour, its emphasis on developing analytical thinking and critical skills, and its special features like CAS (Creativity/Action/Service requirement), TOK (Theory of Knowledge course) and EE (Extended Essay-independent research project).
Is the IB Diploma recognized?
IB DP is an internationally accepted and acclaimed Pre University Course. Leading Universities in the world offer preference and even accelerated credits to high scoring IB graduates.
IB DP is being recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to the +2 stage qualification of an Indian Board giving access to the Bachelors Degree programmes at any Indian University.
Are colleges in India ready for IB?
While IB DP is fully recognized for entry into the Bachelor’s degree program in all higher education institutes in India, with growing awareness of the merits of the IB DP program more and more colleges are welcoming IB DP students. IB students are successfully pursuing their undergrad programs in some top colleges of the country such as:
Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, College of Vocational Studies, D.Y Patil College, St. Xavier’s, Mumbai, HR College of Commerce, Mumbai, Wilson, Mumbai, Fergusson College, Pune, Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi, Loyola, Chennai, Stella Marie, Chennai, Baroda Art Institute, NIFT, Daulat Ram College, Gargi College, Indraprastha College for Women, Jesus and Mary College, Kamla Nehru College, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Maitreyi College, Osmania University, PGDAV College, Podar World College, Ramjas College, SRCC, NID, Manipal, and Sri Venkateswara College.
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