What is an International Baccalaureate education?

Posted on Nov 27 2017 - 10:38am by Susan

With a plethora of educational boards to choose from, it has become difficult for the parents to make the choice for their child’s education. International Baccalaureate is an internationally recognized program which is made up of three educational programs:

  1. The Primary Years Program: The program is for children from Kindergarten to Class 5.
  2. The Middle Years Program: The program is from Class 6 to Class10
  3. The Diploma Program: This Program is for Class 11 and Class 12.

History of International Baccalaureate dates back to 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. The program was developed by the teachers at the International School of Geneva. The initial program was created for those students who wanted to study abroad or move to a different country. Most of the IB schools were private, but now many of them are public. The International organization based in Geneva, currently overseas the program in more than 140 countries with 900,000 students. United States alone has 1800 IB World schools. There have been a few changes in the program over the years in order to ensure that the curriculum prepares the student for education in an international university. There have also been additions of various courses and subjects in the early program.

International Baccalaureate education is very practical and application based. It offers a wide choice of subjects to the students for their overall development. The examinations in international baccalaureate test the knowledge of the student and not the speed and memory. There is no examination till the Middle year program which is Class 10. It focuses on how to learn instead of what to learn. There are no prescribed text books or reference books that the student needs to follow. The purpose of the education is to create global citizens. The schools are committed to create cross culture education and allow the students to study across Universities worldwide.

Unlike any other classroom, the classroom in an international baccalaureate education allows the children to learn from their own curiosity. The students are encouraged to ask questions and contribute to a dialogue with their teachers. In addition, the classrooms are usually Trans disciplinary in nature, which means that the subjects are taught in different areas. The delivery of content to the students is very different as compared to the other schools. It inspires a lifelong quest for learning and infuses enthusiasm and empathy.

In recent years, IB programs have significantly grown and parents are showing an interest in the program due to the solid preparation for the students to be a part of the global world. It is important to understand that the curriculum is of an international level, which means the subjects and courses will be very different as compared to the other curriculums. There are a lot of factors that make a school an international school and these are not limited to the program offered by the school. Factors like staff, facilities and the method of teaching also play a significant role in an international school.