Three reasons to select IB Diploma Program
- 16 July 2021
IBDP- High school program for dreamers and achievers
Today students in Visakhapatnam aged 16-19 years have a wonderful opportunity to select a high school program which is known to be the best in the world. Since its inception in 1968, the IBO is committed to the development of all-round, internationally educated global citizens.
Let us look at the top 3 reasons why International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) may be the best high school program for Students:
Freedom to follow your passion.
The IBDP offers students the freedom to follow their passion. With a wide variety of subject choices and the ability to select the course at two levels (HL & SL), provides students with the freedom from rigid stream-based learning. IB students are encouraged to make links between everything they learn and to follow their own instincts. Connections can be made between something taught in the science class and something that happens out on the soccer field. This connection can then be made into a personal project of study, such as for The Extended Essay. Students are given the freedom to seek out what interests and inspires them.
Master ‘How to learn, not what to learn’.
While most Grade 11 and 12 students are busy memorising tons of books, IB students are thought to understand how to think. Students learn lifelong skills like Research, Critical Thinking, Communication, Inquiry, International mindedness, and Empathy, which gives them the confidence to embrace and overcome challenges in our complex 21st-century world.
“IB students had significantly higher levels of critical thinking than their non-IB peers” – Therese N Hopfenbeck, et al., Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment, University of Oxford.
“Students take up to six subjects and can choose from a broad range of subjects,” she says. “The age of 16 is too early for most students to narrow down their course options and the path they want to take in life. The IB Diploma gives them a breadth of subjects and keeps them open to learning languages and humanities, as well as learning sciences and maths, so they have more choices open to them compared to A-Level students who are restricted to taking three or four subjects.” – Dr. Pallavi Joshi, IBDP Coordinator, Oakridge International School
Gateway to the top universities of the world
With all-round development and a rigorous academic program, the IBDP curriculum transforms students into future-ready global citizens. Hence, they possess a high chance to get pursued by Ivy League Universities. For students, success in the IB often results in advanced standing, course credit, scholarships, and other admissions-related benefits at many universities. All universities in India accept the IB Diploma as equivalent to Class 12 qualification from an Indian board. Nishitha Chaayanath(Brown University), Nikhil Jain (Columbia University), Tvisha Mehta (NYU), Vaishnavi Pachava (University of Pennsylvania), Vinay Kanigicherla (Cornell University), Kuhuk Shroff (University of Pennsylvania) are some of the Oakridge students leading by example today.
“IBDP students at Oakridge are offered a host of global exposure programs like Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, Students Global Leadership Program, Oxford Summer Courses, TEDx, MUNs. Such programs help develop leadership quality in students and an understanding of challenges and opportunities in the global economy. These are the qualities that a top-world university look for in a student during admissions” – Shaila Bhamidipati, Principal, Oakridge International School, Visakhapatnam.
Why I chose the IBDP?
“The IBDP curriculum offers a wide range of subject selections students could select and various assignments and projects to help students gain a more open-minded personality and to be more curious about life.
I have chosen the business path in this curriculum as I have an interest in how businesses operate and hope to start one myself. Compared to other curriculums, IB sets the scope for research-based education and makes us analyze our findings and data, this makes the classes more fun and we also get to do a ton of teamwork and learn more together. In my opinion, IB offers lots of opportunities to grow your student portfolio, this comes in handy when applying to colleges anywhere in the world. Not only does it give us opportunities, but we can also create them ourselves when we do special CAS activities which teach us how to give back to the community and be supportive as a growing person. By doing IB I am starting to feel more confident about the future and how I will go about it, with teachers and friends besides, the whole journey will be easier as I get to learn how to interact with people and even ask for their guidance when needed. The IBDP curriculum enhances students who are aiming to achieve high in our modern world by exposing them to the latest technology and helping them to become successful students overall.
IBDP is part of life in which a lot would happen, a lot of memories would be made and remembered, a part of life where students decide how they want to build a path to success and how to live among society. What IB offers interests me and I am looking forward to the challenge.” – Niduwara, IBDP1
Oakridge International School Visakhapatnam one of the top boarding international schools became the first IB World School in Andhra Pradesh, offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for 11th and 12th-grade students. Applications are invited for IBDP admissions for Academic Year 21-22.