Monday, 18 June 2018

What does getting an IB Diploma mean?

International Baccalaureate is an overarching organization that administers a number of different educational programs for students of ages 3 to 19. Its curricula are used by specially trained teachers at certified schools throughout the world, and it prides itself on providing rigorous, high-quality education to its students.

The IB system offers programmes for three different age groups: 
  • Primary Year Programme (PYP) that is meant for the younger lot up to the fifth grade.
  • Middle Year Programme (MYP) for students between 11 to 16 years of age.
  • Diploma Programme (DP) for the 16 to 19 years age bracket.

The most familiar IB program for high school students is the IB Diploma Programme or the IBDP. 
The IBDP is a two-year academic programme, that, as mentioned above, is open to students aged 16-19. Upon successfully completing the program and all its requirements, students can earn the IB diploma, which is a significant credential for college applications and other purposes. 

IB DP curriculum
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. 
Made up of three required components DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. 

The three core elements are:
  1. Theory of knowledge – in which the student reflects on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  2. The extended essay – which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4000-word paper.
  3. Creativity, activity, service – in which students complete a project related to these three concepts.

The six subject groups are:
  • Studies in language and literature
  • Language acquisition
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The arts
Students can choose courses from the above subject groups.

Benefits of IB diploma

Earning the IB diploma means that you have done much more than take a few IB courses. Instead, it means you have undertaken a kind of high school education that is meant to teach you not only regular subjects like History, math, and others but also how to better analyse and understand the information you’ll encounter in school and beyond.

Some of the advantages of earning an IB diploma are:

1. Satisfying intellectual experience
The IB programme is designed not only to provide you with rigorous content but also to help you learn how to think, analyse and critically consider materials in a way that your college will eventually expect.

2. Universality
The respect that IB diploma enjoys means that no matter where you go, colleges will understand and positively view the effort you’ve put into earning your IB diploma.

3. Standing out
If you have an IB diploma, you are among the relatively small portion of the college applicant pool with this qualification. Not every student can present such a prestigious qualification when they fill out their college application forms, and this relative uniqueness is an advantage.

4. Shows your willingness to accept intellectual challenges
IB diploma is a transcript that shows student’s enrolment in the International Baccalaureate courses serving notice to the admission officer that the applicant is someone who accepts rather than avoids educational challenges. 

Earning an IB diploma shows you’re willing to take on special academic challenges. You’ve chosen to go beyond the typical high school curriculum and pursue a goal that asks more of you, including substantial independent work on topic of your choice. This is something that every competitive college values. 

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1 comment:

  1. This blog really helped...thank you so much Edify School Pune.