International Baccalaureate (International Baccalaureate), or more popular IB
International training program for students from 3 to 19 years. The program is equivalent to secondary education, but with much more intensive training in certain disciplines, and is aimed at developing intellectual and personal qualities, emotional stability and social skills for successful life in a rapidly developing society.
This is not just an educational program. The creators of IB were motivated by the desire to change society for the better through improved education. The long-term earned impeccable reputation of IB is valued worldwide for its absolute quality, high standards, and highly qualified teaching staff. The aim of the program is to achieve intercultural understanding and mutual respect, not only as an alternative to developing a sense of cultural and national identity, but also as an integral element of life in the 21st century. This program supports students from all over the world in order to make them active and fair members of society who are ready to understand and accept the opinions of other people even in an international environment.
A bit of history:
An educational program called the International Baccalaureate was created by a group of talented and far-sighted teachers in 1968 in Switzerland, at the International School of Geneva, as a non-profit educational foundation. At the initiative of the UN School in New York and the International School in Geneva, a group of international experts undertook to create a universal school curriculum that would allow educational institutions to recognize the equivalence of education received in another country. The program was a success. At first, teaching was carried out in just a few private schools, but then it began to be introduced into new and new educational institutions from different countries of the world, including state ones.
To date, the IB program is a success with more than 909,000 students in 3,157 schools and colleges in 140 countries around the world. Initially created as an individual preparation program for university entrance for international students, today IB includes 3 educational programs for students from 3 to 19 years old. The fastest growing number of IB schools is in the USA. As a rule, in all countries, schools that practice this model are among the best. This essentially means that the level of secondary education received in IB schools is higher than the national standard. There are currently three International Baccalaureate programs. This is a diploma program for students from 16 to 19 years old (IB Diploma), a program for middle classes for students from 11 to 16 years old (Middle Years Program) and a program for primary classes for students from 3 to 12 years old (Primary Years Program). The most popular was the IB Diploma program. This is a two-year educational program designed for students aged 16-19 years and offering an in-depth study of certain subjects depending on the future plans and goals of the student. As the IB Diploma program (the so-called IB diploma, in fact – the school leaving certificate) became widespread, leading world universities began to recognize. Now in the USA, Canada, Ireland, Great Britain, France, Belgium, Norway, Sweden and some other countries, applicants with such a certificate are admitted to universities without entrance examinations. Only a passing score and requirements for assessment in the certificate for a specific set of subjects are stipulated. In other countries – for example, in Spain – the IB diploma is recognized along with the national one, but does not exempt from passing the entrance exams.
The main advantage of the IB Diploma program, and its difference from the popular A-level program
It is an in-depth study of 6 disciplines (while the A-level program requires the study of 3-4 disciplines), which allows you to significantly expand the educational field of the student, without prejudice to the quality of the knowledge gained. Training program is designed for two years. Teaching may be conducted in one of three languages: English, French or Spanish. From the offered subjects, the student himself chooses six basic disciplines to which all attention will be paid throughout the period of study. All subjects of the program are taught at two levels: Higher level and Subsidiary Level (auxiliary level). At the heightened level, 3 or 4 subjects are studied, and it involves the study of each of the subjects in the amount of 240 teaching hours, the subjects of the auxiliary level – 150 hours each. Upon graduation, students are required to write Extended Essay (a detailed essay), the volume of which must be at least 4000 words. This essay should be a report on the study, the subject of which the student chooses independently, and writing the report takes place under the guidance of the teacher. Such essays are accepted in 60 proposed subjects. The IB Diploma program is primarily designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for further education, subsequent employment and social adaptation. IB Diploma training is more intensive, more complex, and requires a lot of work and time than any other preparation program for entering higher education institutions, but as a result, students have a much broader outlook, a solid knowledge base and much more opportunities. Thanks to the approach to training provided by the IB program, students have a marked increase in interest, motivation and responsibility for training activities, and, consequently, their academic performance and effectiveness in the future.
So, to summarize, why is it worth choosing IB:
- combining in the program elements of different national systems, which gives
- the opportunity to travel and study in different schools of different countries without fear
- academic difference and omission of material
- in-depth study of 6 selected student disciplines over 2 years
- the acquisition of research skills by students
- communication and social adaptation
- guaranteed result, impeccable reputation and successful existence on
- educational market
- huge opportunities and prospects at the end of training.