What is International Baccalaureate?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare students for liberal arts education at the tertiary level. It is directed by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (www.ibo.org) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The mission of the IBO is “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”
The IBO offers three programmes:
- the Diploma Programme for juniors and seniors (years 12 and 13)
- the Middle Years Programme for students aged 11 to 16 (years 6 – 11)
- the Primary Years Programme for students aged 3 to 12 (N – 6)
The programmes form a sequence but can be offered independently according to the needs of individual schools. Please visit the IB web site www.ibo.org for more details on the various programmes that the IB has to offer
The IB Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma is truly international in its philosophy and aims. The curriculum requires balance and research. For instance, a science student has to become familiar with a foreign language, and a humanities student must understand laboratory procedures. In addition all candidates for the IB diploma must undertake some extensive research into one of over sixty subjects.
The IB Diploma is accepted at universities in over 115 countries.
The curriculum contains six subject groups together with a core made up of three separate parts.
This is illustrated by a hexagon with the three parts of the core at its centre.
Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups. Normally three subjects are studied at higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours), and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (courses representing 150 teaching hours).
All three parts of the core—extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action, service—are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.
Parents appreciate the rigorous training and education which the IB programmes offer their children. Still, the nagging question must be asked: Is the IB recognised widely both in the America and in countries around the world? The answer is an unequivocal “Yes!”
A Matter of Excellence
The International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) are all about excellence. A school doesn’t commit to preparing students for these rigorous examinations lightly. Expert, well-trained faculty must implement and teach the courses which culminate in those examinations. They put a school’s reputation squarely on the line. Certainly GK Consultants is no exception to this. Our highly qualified and experienced tutors will custom design an IB academic support programme that is specifically tailored to your needs.
College admissions officers usually have a pretty good idea of a school’s academic standards if the school has previously submitted applicants. The school’s track record is more or less established by those prior candidates. Grading policies are understood. Curriculum taught has been examined.
But what about a new school or a school from a foreign country or a school which is determined to upgrade its product? The AP and IB credentials immediately convey credibility. The standard is well-known and understood. Other things being equal, the college knows that a candidate with success in the AP or IB is ready for tertiary level work. The payoff for the student is exemption for many entry level courses. This in turn means that it the student gets his or her degree requirements completed more quickly. It also means fewer credits have to be paid for.
AP and IB are almost universally accepted as proof of secondary academic achievement on a high level. Apply to Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford or Yale and they will all know exactly what IB and AP are and what the results mean. It’s not the same with an applicant whose only credentials are good marks in his school’s leaving examinations and some nice recommendations.