15 FAQ’s about International Baccalaureate (IB)

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15 FAQ’s about International Baccalaureate (IB)

Team Appystore in consultation with our bloggers have tried the best to answer as many questions about IB board as possible.

1. What are the programmes offered by IB?

 The IB offers 3 programmes of study:

PYP (Primary Years Programme) age range: 3-12 years (Kindergarten to Class 5).

MYP (Middle Years Programme) age range: 11-16 years (Class 6 to Class 10).

DP (Diploma Programme) age range: 16-19 years (Class 11 to Class 12).

2. What is PYP?

This programme focuses on development of the child in the classroom.  That means they not only learn subject areas and skills, but also learn about attitudes, personal, social and physical awareness.  The programme is described as "transdiciplinary," which means that learning is taught in an authentic context and across disciplines.

Skills are taught through universal themes such as:

  •  who we are
  •  where we are in place and time
  •  how we express ourselves
  •  how we organize ourselves
  •  how the world works
  • sharing the planet

It emphasises on the development of the understanding for the universal concepts rather than just the content.

3. What is MYP?

MYP provides an academic framework to promote life skills.  This programme is "interdisciplinary," which emphasizes the connections between subject matter across disciplines.  There is a lot of emphasis on process over product and assessment is built into student's engagement in the process of learning. The MYP curriculum framework comprises eight subject groups, providing a broad and balanced education for early adolescents.

4. What are the eight subject groups offered by MYP:

These are eight subject groups offered by MYP:

  • Language acquisition - Language B / second language / foreign language
  • Language & literature - Language of instructions (mostly English)
  • Individuals & Societies - Social sciences etc.
  • Sciences - All types e.g. physics, biology etc.
  • Mathematics - all e.g. algebra etc.
  • Arts - all e.g. visual, drama etc.
  • Design - technology, building, designing process etc.
  • Physical & Health Education

5. Many Parents plan to shift their Kid's from other board to IB after class 5? What could be the reason for it?

Not sure exactly about parent's perspective.  But a lot of times schools don't offer MYP since its more complicated and takes a lot of work to get accredited.  Some schools start MYP at grade 6 or sometimes grade 7.

6. What is DP?

It is a two-year programme which is designed to equip students to enter into international universities.  In this programme, the approach toward learning is "disciplinary," which means students study deeply in specific domains, such as the sciences, the arts, social studies or other traditional areas of study.  This programme emphasizes students' abilities to relate what they learn to their outside global community.

7. What are the different subjects offered in this programme?

The six subject groups are:

There are different courses within each subject group.

8. How are the IB schools accredited?

Each IB programme is treated separately for accreditation. IB standards and requirements ensure that schools follow certain teaching practices that ensure the students are at the centre of the curriculum and teachers are constantly reflective about their curricula as well as teaching practices.

IB programmes offer curricular framework to the schools within which schools and teachers:

  • Design their own curriculum content based on the needs of their students
  • Create assessments which include formal, informal, formative and summative assessments.

9. How will IB help my child?

IB schools work to ensure that their programmes have graduates that are inquirers, balanced, open-minded, thinkers, caring, knowledgeable, reflective, communicators, principled and risk takers.

A typical IB graduate has cultivated international mindedness through training in thinking flexibly and open-minded while collaborating.  IB programmes emphasizes on the process more than product.  IB programmes cultivate graduates who are lifelong learners and with their international mindedness are the true global citizens.

10. Can a student do the IB Diploma after completing his/ her schooling through a different board?

A student can join the IB Diploma Program after completing the grade 10 level qualifications from CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE or any other State Board .The Diploma program is equivalent to 10+2 level qualification through CBSE.

11. Is the IB recognized in India and worldwide?

Universities in over 110 countries including India recognize the IB Diploma and it will allow entrance to the most competitive universities around the world

12. Is IB too hard for most students?

The IB is designed as a model of wholistic education for the average student and above.

13. Why is IB expensive? Is Higher cost justified?

IB workshops and any professional development is very expensive.  Hence, the teaching costs are expensive.  Also the entire process of IB evaluation, accreditation, yearly fees and re-evaluations are very expensive compared to any other accreditations. Most IB schools maintain low student:teacher ratio, this also increases the cost.

14. Do IB schools follow the Right to Education Act (RTE)?

It depends upon individual schools. By law every Indian school is abide by RTE (except embassy schools) but typically schools don't advertise it.  In case anyone approaches them, they will have to take that child under RTE.

15. What extra training teachers do IB teachers have? How are they better than other board teachers?

IB teachers are required to do ongoing professional development through various IB workshops, conferences, networking, and also continue to learn about new trends and research in education.  Schools budget indicates its investment on professional development.

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