International Baccalaureate (IB)

In today’s world Schools are affiliated with various National and International programmes and curriculum. International Baccalaureate (IB) is one of the international programmes, some schools offer. In this article we are trying to put together some common questions parents come across about IB World Schools.

What is International Baccalaureate (IB)?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a recognized leader in the field of international education. The IB offers high quality programmes of international education to a worldwide community of schools. There are more than 900,000 IB students all over world. There are currently IB World Schools in 141 countries. There are 85 IB World Schools in India. This is a challenging programme that and maintains the best from both motivated students and teachers. IB students around the world are measured against pre-specified criteria for each subject group.

Is IB school right for my child?
IB Schools are based all over the world, so if you are looking for schools that has International level, or if you have plans to move abroad in future or your child is currently in IB school in other part of the world and your are planning to move India, IB Curriculum is probably best choice. It allows easier transition for students. Navrachna International School is the only school in Vadodara that is affiliated to IB world.

How is IB Curriculum designed?
IB Curriculum offers three programmes for students aged 3 to 19; IB Primary Years Programme, IB Middle Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme.

The IB Primary Years Programme is designed for students aged 3 to 12. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. The Students in the 21st century are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly developing. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme prepares young students to be active participants in a lifelong journey of learning.

The IB Middle Years Programme is designed for students aged 11 to 16. This programme provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to understand and explore and connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and helps them become critical and reflective thinkers. This programme helps the Students find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing and increasingly interrelated world around them. The IB Middle Years Programme encourages a positive attitude of learning in Students.

The IB Middle Years Programme curriculum is designed to include Eight subject groups ; mother tongue, a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. In the final year of the programme, students also engage in a personal project, which allows them to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed throughout the programme.

The IB Diploma Programme is designed for students aged 16 to 19. IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations. IB Diploma Programme prepares the students for challenging interconnected and globalized world, Prepares students for critical-thinking skills and a sense of international-mindedness. Over the course of the two-year programme, students study six subjects chosen from the six groups.

  1. Studies in Language and literature
  2. Language acquisition
  3. Experimental Sciences
  4. Individual and Societies
  5. Mathematics and Computer Science
  6. The Arts

Each of this subject group offers subjects to choose from. Students have to study six subject s chosen from these six areas of study.

In addition the programme, Students must undergo three core requirements; The extended essay, Theory of knowledge and Creativity, action, service. These Concepts help Students to broaden the educational experience and prepare the students to apply their knowledge and understanding.

  1. The extended essay engages Students in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
  2. Theory of knowledge is a designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
  3. Creativity, action, service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners.

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