*Education World Survey Rankings 2017
The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers a continuum of international education. These programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.
The IBDP curriculum is a challenging and balanced programme of education. It is made up of six subject groups and three mandatory core elements called Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and CAS. A candidate can choose 6 subjects from 6 subject groups. The subjects are offered in both standard (150 hours of instruction) and higher levels (240 hours of instruction). Students can select 3 Higher level subjects and 3 standard level subjects based on their personal and career interests. The DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. The following diagram describes the Diploma Programme model.
Students must choose one subject from each of six groups (1 to 6), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences, mathematics, and the arts. To meet the local and global university requirements, students can select an extra subject from group 3 or 4 in place of group 6. Subjects offered at Oakridge International School, Bengaluru is given below.
Group 1: English language and literature- HL and SL
Group 2: French B/French Ab Initio/Hindi B/Spanish B/Spanish Ab Initio (SL only)
Group 3: Business Management/Economics/Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS)/History HL and SL
Group 4: Biology/Chemistry/Computer Science/ Physics HL and SL /ESS (SL only)
Group 5: Mathematics Analysis and Approaches (AA)/Mathematics Application and Interpretations (AI) HL and SL
Group 6: Visual Arts HL
An International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme fosters creativity and imagination. IB students and teachers are encouraged to explore global and local issues, including developmentally appropriate aspects of the environment, development, conflicts, rights, and cooperation and governance.
At Oakridge International School, Inquiry-based teaching is promoted to meet the expectation of the programme. Through inquiry, action, and reflection, the IBDP aims to develop a range of competencies and dispositions that include approaches learning skills namely thinking, collaboration, communication, self-management, and research. It offers a curriculum framework and courses that are broad and balanced, conceptual and connected.
Apart from the Inquiry-based teaching and ATL skills, teaching and learning in the school foster International mindedness and IB learner profile attributes. IB learner profile attributes develop global citizens who, recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
In addition to disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the Diploma Programme features three core elements that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
After successful completion of two years of teaching and learning, the IB board conducts external assessment either in the month of May or November. Two types of assessments are conducted namely
Students’ final attainment in the subject is reported on a scale of 1 to 7 in each subject. Core components Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay(EE) are assessed on a scale from A to E. Based on the grade in TOK and EE, a maximum of 3 bonus points are awarded to the student (Please refer to the below table). Hence students can earn a maximum of 45-grade points.
World-leading universities recognise the DP as one of the highest standards in university preparatory education. Research studies suggest that higher rates of DP students go on to university and higher education study than non-IB students. Further, DP students report being better prepared for postsecondary studies than their peers.
The DP prepares students for a successful transition to higher education through its challenging and rewarding curriculum, which offers students a global perspective by cultivating international mindedness and developing key skills needed to succeed in further studies such as research, inquiry, independent study and critical analysis
All universities in India accept the IB Diploma as equivalent to Class 12 qualification from an Indian board
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