All you want to know about IB

Today, parents have limitless expectations on their children’s future about choosing quality educational boards. Now it’s no longer enrolling only in CBSE (Central board of secondary education) or ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education).

Moderately, parents look for some curriculum that equals international education. But many of them would not know, what available and how to get international curriculum and schools present in Mumbai.

 Now onwards you’re not going to be witlessness, we at going to give you complete know-how of all International curriculum details. In that order in this article we have covered about International Baccalaureate (IB). Also read, IGCSE-Complete Know How in separate article

What is IB (International Baccalaureate)?

The IB means “International Baccalaureate” the term means Pre-University in French. It’s a non-profitable educational establishment that was founded in the year 1968 at Geneva, Switzerland. A cluster of leading educators from various countries have formed an international curriculum that could be followed globally.

Obviously, it is a system of education that holds international curriculum at 4000 schools in 141 countries. This board is gaining high pervasiveness at the midst of new schools of India and all over the world. The IB has earned high standard of reputation at pedagogical expansion and global learning community.

The IB curriculum is followed at schools, governments and international organizations to build laborious assessments and challenging program to the students. Moreover, IB employs innovative learning skills and teaching methodologies to bull its objective.

Core competencies of IB

The International Baccalaureate has special emphasis on student’s personal development and special curriculum.  With the ever changing curriculum, IB trains both students and teachers in a single stretch.

Those schools which authorize to offer IB programmes are known to be IB World School, which shares educational philosophy and standards.  Presently, IB teaching is taken by more than one million students worldwide.

Programmes offered in IB

IB offers various educational programmes based on ages from 3 years to 19 years.  This framework has four programmes, which motivates both academic and personal attainment on all age groups.

The following programmes are offered at different levels of IB based on the age criteria’s of the students,

  • Primary year Programme (PYP)

  • Middle year Programme (MYM)

  • Diploma Programme(DP)

  • Career related programme (CP)

Primary Year Programme (PYP)

This Primary year programme is offered to the students who are aged between 3 to 12 (grades nursery). The aim of PYP is to prepare the students to be active, caring, life learners who respect themselves and others, with relevant potential to participate around the world. On the whole it focuses on initial development of a child. Probably this PYP of IB falls under Kindergarten to class 5.

The special part of IB is their curriculum structure, where they have finely derived the subjects for PYP. So that students may not find as difficult. Those subjects includes as,

  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • Arts
  • Mathematics and
  • Social Science and Technology
  • Physical education

Middle Years Programme (MYP)

In this Programme everything is all about practical connection between real world and studies.  The MYP is offered to the age group from 11 to 16 (grades 6-10). By the way, this program enables them to do design and academic participation skills.

Middle Years Programme subjects are mostly practical oriented and includes classes from 6 to 10. It contains eight subjects in total as,

  • First Language
  • Second Language
  • Science and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • History and Geography
  • Arts
  • Computers and technology

Diploma Programme (IBDP)

The Diploma Programme (IBDP) aims to cultivate an excellent deep knowledge based on student’s capacity. IB find outs students who excels intellectually, emotionally, physically and ethically strong. And this DP is a two year laborious pre-university course that offered to the age from 16 to 19 (grade 11-12) students. The subjects that comes this curriculum are totally six,

  • First Language
  • Second Language
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Elective

Including this, a specialization is also offered at two levels, Standard level (SL) and Higher Level (HL). Because it is mandatory for the diploma program, to do at least three subjects at higher level in any subject combinations for specialization.

(E.g. Chemistry, Physics, Math of Business & Management, English, Economics)

However, there are three core themes that have been made mandatory in DP as,

  1. Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

  2. Extended Essay (EE)

  3. Creativity Action Services (CAS)

Career-related Programme

The reason for having this career-related programme is to ensure the students with active career skills. Perchance, it primes them to further higher education or employment.

This programme holds minimum of two parts under IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) that is a core consisting of 4 components and a career oriented lesson plan. The curriculum designed for those who interested in catching career related education in the final two years of secondary education. As part of curriculum, all students must study minimum of two Diploma programme in CP.

If you want to know, how can students benefit from this Career-related Programme?

Then, here is the answer that CP ensures the students to:

  • Think creatively and critically
  • Combine academic stuffs with professional skills
  • Communicate effectively and clearly at different situations
  • Work as team and collaborate with others
  • Be broad thinking and open-minded

With all these above essentials IB students can opt for higher education, apprenticeship or an internship or even a position in their interested field.

IB Recognition

Still, the students who start their schooling at Primary Year Programme (PYP) end up at IB Diploma Programme (IBDP). Thus, IBDP has been accepted as pre-university course at both international and national level. In India which is equivalent to class 12 qualification under Indian education board.

With no doubt, the students of IB will have privileges to access all Bachelor’s degrees at any Indian University.

Examination assessment in IB Schools

The IB Research Unit based of Cardiff, UK conducts the Examination for IB DP program. All over the world the exam will be conducted simultaneously in one or two cycles. In advance, the schools will assign their approval based on different subjects and usually the exams go by May or November months. The assessment is completely based on the students learning, interpretation and understanding of topic.

The final grade is not going to be the score card of complete program, but it’s a combination of student’s performance and project work of two years DP program. The assessment is carried out in two ways as Formative method (comprises Internal assessments and teacher assessments) and summative method (external examination scores)

List of IB Schools in Mumbai

We have listed all IB based schools of Mumbai.

Hence, IB is a unique education because of its personal standards and rigorous academic programmes. Eventually it molds the students to climb up their career and life ladders. The IB aims to inspire a hallmarked community through its curriculum. So never have a hesitation to initiate your children’s education in IB.

Do read, IGCSE-Complete know How to know about CIE based IGCSE curriculum

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