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How we learn with the IBDP Program
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a two-year, pre-university diploma for senior college students, and was previously, designed and administered by the International Baccalaureate Office (IBO) in Geneva and examined by the International Baccalaureate of Curriculum and Assessment (IBCA) in Cardiff, Wales. As from late 2012, these offices have been based in The Hague.
The IBO was founded in the 1960’s and evolved from an international effort by some schools, particularly international schools to establish a common curriculum and university entry credential for geographically mobile students. The IB Diploma now has worldwide acceptance and is held in high esteem by the best colleges and universities throughout the Anglophone world. Today the IBO has in excess of 3900 participating IB Diploma World Schools in more than 115 countries around the world.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a celebrated curriculum that is recognized worldwide for its integrity and holistic principles of learning. The IB Diploma aims to produce young people who are intellectually curious and who have a proven ability in a range of academic fields, as well as being creative, active and compassionate members of the wider community. The IB Diploma program was begun in 1968, by a group of leading educationalists, who wanted a curriculum to cross national boundaries, and still hold true to a quality education which could be exported from one school to a similar one in another geographical part of the world.
“The student who satisfies its demands will have demonstrated a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of subject content and, importantly, in the development of skills and disciplines necessary for success in a competitive and fast changing world. The IB Diploma not only as a ‘passport to the future’ for boys and girls seeking entrance to top universities and colleges both here and overseas, but as a sound preparation for life in an increasingly interconnected world.” (www.ibo.org)
The IB Diploma is taught in Grades 11 and 12. Students intending to study the IB Diploma must demonstrate adequate academic competencies in a range of subjects in Grade 10. Each student will study three Higher Level (HL) and three Standard Level (SL) subjects. In addition, he or she will complete the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) components of the IB Diploma. These are crucial and exciting aspects of an IB Diploma education. (www.ibo.org)
Therefore, many international schools have adopted the IB Diploma as their base curriculum, and formally belong to the IBO. The IBO regulates, accesses, and monitors the qualities of the IB World Schools’ work and progress, and in this way, standardization is achieved to a degree. The IBO and its affiliates have become a major force in the world of international education, and it has become a very desirable High School Diploma to achieve. The IBO’s greatest growth is currently in Asia and North America, compared to Europe where it is expansively well established.
It is predicted that China shall be opening up at least 2 000 new IBO International schools in the next decade. International teachers with subject specific IB Training, are highly desirable for contractual work on the international school circuit.