Advanced Placement courses have long been considered the go-to option for students who want more rigorous work than what is offered by the standard curriculum. But now, students have more options for getting an academic challenge. A growing number of high schools offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, which like the AP programme, offers a more challenging set of courses.
Today we are going to take a look at what the programme is, why it’s different from other curricula, and the benefits of the IB Programme.
What is International Baccalaureate?
The International Baccalaureate is an analytical model of learning where students are active participants in the educational process. According to the foundation that started the programme in 1968, “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.” Though it was initially offered to high school students, the IB has been expanded to a three-stage educational programme that caters to students from 3-19 years.
Why is the IB different?
The IB programme strives to develop students will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect. It is different from other curricula because it encourages students to think critically and challenge assumptions while considering both local and global contexts.
Throughout the IB programme, students are able to take responsibility for their own learning. They are encouraged to try different approaches to learning and take responsibility for their own educational process. The programme helps students ask challenging questions, think critically, and develop research skills that help them in higher education.
What are the benefits of the IB Programme?
Not only are students in the IB programme given a unique education, they often perform better academically. The programme's teaching methods and curricula are research-based. Therefore, the programme draws on the best practices from educational systems around the world. This allows students who graduate with the IB Diploma to study at universities all around the world. Further, IB World Schools are subject to a strict accreditation process to assure that the school is offering a high-quality education.
You can learn more about the benefits of the IB programme here.
Overall, the International Baccalaureate emphasizes inquiry and encourages students to become active lifelong learners and true citizens of the world. A mission that aligns with The Roig Academy's. The goal of an IB education is to inspire students to become open-minded risk-takers who are principled and reflective.
The Roig Academy is an IB World School. Through the facilitation of the programme, we are committed to a high quality, challenging, and international education. If you are interested, you can learn more about The Roig Academy and our implementation of the IB Programme here.
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