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IB – International Baccalaureate Education In India

IB – International Baccalaureate Education In India



List Of IB Schools In India


IB is the abbreviation for International Baccalaureate.


The IB programme was founded in 1968 by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), a non-profit educational organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. Despite having its headquarters in Switzerland, the IBO is an international organisation, not associated with any particular country and free of national political educational agendas.


It is an internationally-recognised school system made up of three educational programmes:


i. PYP: The Primary Years Programme (Kindergarten to Class 5)


ii. MYP: The Middle Years Programme (Class 6 to Class 10)


iii. DP: The Diploma Programme (Class 11 to Class 12)




The IB programme is more practical and application-based. It has a broader spectrum of subjects that lead to all-round development. IB examinations test students’ knowledge, not their memory and speed. There are no examinations till the Middle Years Programme (Class 10). The focus of the IB pedagogy is on ‘how to learn’ rather than ‘what to learn’. There are no prescribed textbooks; students can choose their own books. The purpose of IB is to produce global citizens. But sometimes, the IB programme does use the local curriculum as a base. For example, Hindi can be offered as a second language in the IB Diploma Programme. The IB curriculum is more challenging than educational boards like CBSE and ICSE. But the challenge is in the quality of assignments, not in the amount of work assigned.


Subjects Included in PYP


Subjects in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) are:


1. Language 2. Social Studies 3. Mathematics 4. Science and Technology 5. Arts 6. Personal, Social and Physical education


Subjects Included in MYP


Subjects in the Middle Years Programme (MYP) are:


1. 1st Language 2. 2nd Language 3. Humanities (History and Geography) 4. Sciences (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) 5. Mathematics (Number, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, and Discrete Mathematics) 6. Arts (Visual Arts and Performing Arts) 7. Physical Education 8. Technology (Computers)


Subjects Included in DP


DP students choose one subject from each of the following six ‘Subject Groups’:


Group 1: First Language (English) Group 2: Second Language (French, Hindi, etc). Group 3: 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 an Extended Essay (EE); and engage in Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS).


Know About 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 DP student in class.


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, each DP student must complete at least 150 hours spread out over one-and-a-half years, engaging in some form of Creativity, participating in sport or other physical Action, and doing social Service.


What are IB World Schools?


Schools recognised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation and offering the IB curriculum are known as IB World Schools.


There are just 57 IB World Schools in India


Is the IB recognised in India and worldwide?


The rigorousness and high standards of IB ensure that colleges and universities around the worldwide recognise the IB Diploma as a superior academic programme and a strong university entry credential. The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) rates IB at par with Class 12 CBSE, ICSE, NIOS or State Boards. But every now and then, one hears of stray incidents of IB students finding difficulty in getting admission in certain Indian colleges and universities.


Importance of IB for your child


1. 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 programme of choice for Indian students preparing to pursue higher education abroad.


2. The IB curriculum equips students with the tools needed to succeed in higher education, such as self-confidence, preparedness, research skills, organisational skills and being actively engaged in own learning.


3. Some universities even offer scholarships to IB diploma holders.


4. 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, international outlook and social service – all enhanced by IB.


For more informations please visit : www.ibo.org


Page Last Updated : 26.10.2015

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