IB FAQ

What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Programme is a two-year, college preparatory, internationally standardized program for academically motivated high school students around the world.

Who is the programme designed for?

It is designed for highly motivated students who seek the challenge of a well-rounded, liberal arts, international curriculum. Students at all academic levels can be successful in the program.

What is the IB's curriculum focus?

IB seeks to develop all parts of a student. In addition to course work, there are community service requirements. Diploma candidates must select subjects from each of the six IB groups:  English, Second Language, History, Sciences, Mathematics and Electives. At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at higher level (recommended 240 teaching hours), the others at standard level (150 teaching hours).

Why are some courses taken at the Higher level and others at the Standard level?

This allows students to explore some subjects in depth and others more broadly, a deliberate compromise between the early specialization of some national systems and the breadth found in others. The science-oriented student is challenged to learn a foreign language and the natural linguist becomes familiar with laboratory procedures.

What are the benefits of earning an IB Diploma?

The Diploma Programme equips students with the skills and attitudes necessary for success in higher education and employment. The goal is to provide students with the values and opportunities that will enable them to develop sound judgment, make wise choices, and respect others in the global community. Each university sets its own criteria for awarding college credit and/or scholarships. Students and parent may view each university IB policy for awarding credit by viewing the IBO web page, www.ibo.org.

How is a student assessed?

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

Does a student have to take all IB courses?

No, students may be designated as a Certificate candidate vs. Full Diploma. Students are able to earn certificates in each individual class.

 

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