What is International Baccalaureate?

Since over 50 years, International Baccalaureate (IB) is an educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student from age 3 to 19 years. Founded in 1968, it currently works with 5,000 schools globally every day, in over 150 countries around the world. It comprises of 4 programmes, Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP). It aims to create Knowledgeable and Caring individuals who help to create a better and peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Students develop the thinking, communication, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Why IB? Why is IB Rapidly Gaining Popularity?

Futuristic Education

Teaching methods and curriculums of IB are research-based and drawn from the best educational practices around the world. It is a world-leading curricular framework that encourages students to become active and compassionate lifelong learners. Students who pass out from IB schools have a considerably higher chance of getting enrolled at top colleges and universities compared to other boards.

Concept Based Learning

The IB programme is more practical and application-based with a concept driven curriculum. It believes in developing skills that lead to all-round development, and not content specific learning. It’s a learner-centric approach that includes research and problem-solving skills. The focus is more on applied knowledge. Students are encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning.

Better Career Placements

Though the IB curriculum is more rigorous than other boards, the approach is more student-centric, rather than an examination centric approach. The IB pedagogy focuses on teaching the kids “how to learn” rather than sticking to “what to learn”. IB programmes are challenging and are recognized by Universities and future employers for their depth and breadth. Universities and future employers appreciate the rigorous work undertaken by IB students.

Holistic Education

An IB student becomes an independent learner, is more responsible and the problem-solving ability gets ingrained in him, as right from primary to diploma program, an IB student comes up with real-life solutions to the challenges posed in the real world. IB assesses more than theoretical knowledge. Students learn to understand, apply and evaluate which are the much-needed skills in today’s world. It believes in developing skills that lead to all-round development.

Wider subject choices

IB has a broader spectrum of subjects and has the option of choosing the subject they prefer to pursue their further studies in. So they can expand the breadth and depth of their subject of interest and excel in their respective field. The learner profiles are ingrained in their system, thus producing 21st-century citizens. A student can choose subjects like drama, along with Physics and Chemistry, which is invalid for traditional boards.

Inquiry Based Learning

IB provides a learning environment where ‘Inquiring’ is a vital ingredient which makes children better communicators as well as inquirers. IB Students volunteer in service learning projects in and outside the school, they have a ‘growth’ mind set rather than a ‘fixed’ mind set.

Creating Global Citizens

The purpose of IB is to produce Global citizens. IB World School students have international awareness and develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics. The IB curriculum helps them understand various global issues of significance and makes them ready to pursue higher education anywhere in the world, including India. They also create a strong network all over the World.

Updated Curriculum and Teachers

IB teachers are required to frequently participate in many professional development opportunities to continually promote their awareness of current educational practices and creative thinking, enabling the student to act ethically and become academically motivated. The curriculum of IB is also updated regularly to keep pace with the new developments in various subjects.

Character Building

The positive school environment in an IB school develops a positive academic mind set in students like malleable intelligence, self-confidence and a sense of belonging, care and love for others, thus exhibiting positive academic behaviour, resulting in a successful life.

International Recognition

IB programmes are recognized internationally and it eases the scholastic transitions of mobile students so that their education is not adversely affected if their families relocate. The Interdisciplinary Teaching method is followed to develop the students into internationally minded individuals. They become critical and compassionate thinkers, conscious of the shared humanity that binds all people together.

A Mind Map Representing IB Teaching and Learning

IB - Learning and Teaching