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DP Info Evening
Transcript of DP Info Evening
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.
What is the IB?
(the International Baccalaureate)
IB Diploma Programme
March 12, 2014
What is the Diploma Program?
The IB World
As or March 7 ...
3, 725 Schools
2,248 DP schools
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Group 1 - Studies in Language and Literature
Group 2 - Language
Group 3 - Individuals and Societies
Diploma Programme Curriculum Framework
Group 4 - Sciences
Group 5 - Mathematics
Group 6 -The Arts (and electives)
An IB World School since 2002
The IB is a non-profit Swiss educational foundation founded in 1968.
Along with it's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, there are three regional headquarters in The Hague, Singapore and Bethesda (Maryland, USA) and there is a curriculum and assessment center in Cardiff.
The IB's aim is to help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills of young people to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
Four programs of which ISU offers the PYP, MYP & DP.
Three regions (IBA, IBAEM, IBAP).
The IB is more than its educational programs. At their heart they are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.
The IB Learner Profile
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The IB learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.
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In addition to the six areas of study, the program has three core requirements. These are included to broaden the educational experience and to challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.
The extended essay
is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
Theory of knowledge
is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (language, sense perception, emotion, reason, imagination, faith, intuition & memory) and different kinds of knowledge (mathematics, the natural sciences, the human sciences, the arts, history, ethics, religious knowledge systems & indigenous knowledge systems).
Creativity, action, service
requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom.
Diploma Programme Requirements
Students must take one course from each group.
Three courses are studied at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL).
A HL course is studied for ~240 hours and a SL course for ~ 150 hours over the two years of the program.
Students must complete the core -
EE, TOK and CAS.
Characteristics of Successful DP Candidates
hardworking and conscientious
strong work ethic
enthusiastic about learning
strong organizational and time management skills
high level of English language proficiency
The IB assessment tasks evaluate student's ability to think and process what they know rather than assessing rote learning skills. The emphasis is on written essays that reflect student's ability to write, think critically, look at issues from all sides and present arguments to support their point of view.
in May of the second year. Each subject varies but students write 2-3 exams for each subject and it can count for up to 80% (math) to 50% (languages) of the final grade.
Each subject has some pieces of work that are
as well such as lab work for the sciences, orals for languages and a historical investigation in history.
are marked internally by teachers and moderated externally examiners worldwide.
Languages have an additional written assignment/ task that is
as well along with the EE and TOK essay.
The IB currently has over 15,000 examiners who together assess the work of 120,000 Diploma Programme candidates.
DP Points (Grading Scale)
Subjects are marked on a scale from 1 - 7.
Generally, 50% of candidates achieve a 4 or a 5, less than 1% achieve 1s and approximately 7% get 7s.
24 points are needed to obtain a IB Diploma. A 4 is considered to be a pass (sort of). (6 x 4 = 24)
There are additional passing conditions such as no 2 at HL or no 1 in any subject, ...
6 subjects x 7 points per subject = 42 points
There are 3 additional core points based on the combination of the TOK and EE score.
A perfect score would be 45/42.
In the May 2013 session 154 candidates out of 61,519 (0.25%) achieved 45 points.
May 2013 Statistics
Various studies into the impact of the DP have revealed that DP students are more likely to:
outperform their peers on national assessments
have higher acceptance rates to colleges
perform better in post-secondary education than their peers
graduate within 4 years
attend graduate school (twice as likely)
90% of IBDP graduates would enroll their children in the program (despite the workload and the stress)
74% of IBDP graduates were currently involved in community service.
The IBDP is instrumental in preparing students for post secondary education and career success.
Why Universities Value the IBDP
1 Korean A Lit
2 English A L&L
1 English A L&L
2 Spanish ab SL
3 Bus Mgmt
1 Mongolian A Lit
2 English A L&L
5 Math Studies SL
6 Visual Arts
1 English A L&L
2 Chinese B
3 Bus Mgmt
5 Math SL
* Students would be awarded a Bilingual Diploma.
In May 2013 ~ 30% of the Diplomas awarded were Bilingual Diplomas.
"What do IB Diploma Program scores tell us? Our research into student performance at UBC indicates that IB students with diploma scores in the 27-30 point range perform the same as straight-A students out of our provincial high school curriculum."
Michael Bluhm, associate director, undergraduate admissions
University of British Columbia, Canada
61,519 Full DP candidates
"Diploma Program students are well-rounded, multi-faceted, multi-skilled and have studied in depth. They have good time-management skills. They score higher than students in other national systems, and the IB score is worldwide the same measure."
Hrilina Lock, undergraduate admissions manager,
London School of Economics, UK
"IB is well known to us as excellent preparation. Success in an IB Programme correlates well with success at Harvard. We are pleased to see the credential of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript."
Marlyn McGrath Lewis, assistant dean of admissions,
Harvard University, USA
DP information was gleaned from various IB Publications available at www.ibo.org.
The IB Diploma and Universities
The IB Diploma is recognized by thousands of universities around the globe. More and more universities are realizing the value of the IB and DP students.
Universities can recognize DP students by:
their admission policies
granting advance credits (HL courses)
Note: It is important the check university requirements before making subject choices. It
from university and country as to what they expect for entrance requirements.
The Diploma Program at ISU
Studies in Language and Literature
English A Language & Literature
Korean A Literature
Mongolian A Literature
Chinese B Mandarin
Spanish ab initio SL
Individuals and Societies
Mathematical Studies SL
The Arts and Electives
What is next?
Students will get more detailed subject information and will be guided in making appropriate subject choices.
Informational material will go home.
Courses for next year are selected.
The Diploma Program: preparing students for success in higher education and life in a global society.
The IB Diploma Program (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students, typically aged 16-19, for success in university and in life beyond. It is taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities. The DP:
helps students to develop a positive attitude towards learning
enables students to acquire subject depth and breadth
has rigorous external assessment
develops the whole student
Note that all course offerings may be contingent on a minimum number of students.
Number of DP Schools by Region:
"Our experience is that IB Diploma graduates are incredibly well prepared for university success. The program's international flavor, academic rigor and emphasis on inquiry based learning means that IB Diploma students enter university with a global outlook, an excellent work ethic and the critical thinking skills to ensure they achieve."
Margaret Fairman, director,
Office of Prospective Students and Scholarships
University of Queensland, Australia
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