WHAT IS IB ?
IB International Baccalaureate (IB), formerly the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), is an international educational foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and founded in 1968
It offers 3 educational programs, namely
• PYP or Primary year program for KG to Class-5
• MYP or Middle year program for Class-6 to Class-10
• DP or Diploma program for Class-11 and Class-12
An IB education is unique because of its rigorous academic and personal standards. IB programmes
challenge students to excel not only in their studies but also in their personal growth. The IB aims to inspire
a lifelong quest for learning hallmarked by enthusiasm and empathy. To that end, the IB gathers a worldwide
community of supporters who celebrate our common humanity and who share a belief that education can
help to build a better world.
Can IB Diploma students appear for entrance examination for admission to professional courses like medicine and Engineering?
As the IB Diploma Programme is recognised by all universities in India, students can take the
entrance test for professional courses. Most of the entrance tests are conducted in month of
April/May, since the IB exams are also in the month of May, students need to balance the
preparation of the entrance exams along with the May IB Diploma Programme examinations.
What is the recognition of Middle Years Programme (MYP) in India?
The MYP has also been given equivalence with grade 10 of an India Board Assessment by the
Association of Indian Universities, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations
(CISCE), The Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE), Maharashtra State Board
of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education and many more. Students having completed the
MYP can apply for admission for higher studies in any school or college in India. Students must
talk to the MYP coordinator at their school for more details and documents required for
admission to a junior college or another board.
What are the prospects of IB Diploma students getting admission into Indian universities?
A number of universities in India give provisional admission on the basis of predicted grades as
the admissions in most Indian universities are completed by end of June and the Diploma
Programme results are declared on July 6. The percentage of transcript requests to
Indian universities from IB schools in India has increased substantially from 44% in 2014,
46% in 2015 & 49% in 2016. In May 2016, we processed 2103 transcript requests to colleges
and universities in India. The most popular higher education destinations in
India are University of Mumbai, University of Delhi, NMIMS University, University of
Pune, Christ University, Ashoka University, Manipal University and VIT University. Students
must talk to their IB Diploma programme coordinator or college counsellor at their
school to help them through the process of admission to such universities.
How is the final assessment done in IB schools?
Examinations at the end of IB DP program are conducted by the IB Research Unit presently based out of Cardiff, UK. All IB schools around the world conduct examinations simultaneously choosing one of the two examination cycles, May or November. Each school is assigned approved IB Examiners based in different parts of the world for different subjects. Grading is done based on criterion referencing and moderation is done by the Cardiff Office. Assessment is based on student’s actual learning, understanding and interpretation of a topic and not merely on memory recall ability. The Final grade is not merely the achievement score of the end of the program examination but is a combination of the student’s project work and performance through the two years of the DP program + the final examination. There are two kinds of assessments:
Do universities recognise the IB Diploma?
The IB works closely with universities in all regions of the world to gain recognition for the IB diploma. To aid this process, university admissions officers and government officials have direct online access to all syllabuses and recent examinations.
To assist IB diploma students in making appropriate choices, the organization holds a database containing contact details of universities around the world together with up-to-date information about their requirements for admission.
Students applying to a particular university may also grant permission for their grades to be accessed directly from the IBO’s secure web site.
Universities value its combination of depth with breadth, its rigour, its emphasis on developing analytical thinking and critical skills, and its special features like CAS (Creativity/Action/Service requirement), TOK (Theory of Knowledge course) and EE (Extended Essay-independent research project).
Is the IB Diploma recognized?
IBDP is an internationally accepted and acclaimed Pre University Course. Leading Universities in the world offer preference and even accelerated credits to high scoring IB graduates.
IBDP is being recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to the +2 stage qualification of an Indian Board giving access to the Bachelors Degree programmes at any Indian University.
- IBO India
- University Recognition of IB in India
What are the reasons for placement success?
Most rigorous pre-collegiate curriculum
How do IB students fare in college acceptance?
As per the statistics available, an IBDP student with 37 and above points (maximum possible being 45) accumulates good enough credits to get admissions in the best universities around the world. Students with a score lower than 37 (say in the range of 31 to 36) are also well accepted in Universities worldwide. (24 is the normal passing aggregate and each subject has a score range of 0 to 7 with 7 being the highest)
The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) recognizes IB DP as a qualifying secondary school diploma for admission to Indian universities. The AIU also has a conversion formula to convert the IB grading scale (1 to 7) into percentage equivalents.
Does a grade-based marking put IB students at a disadvantage for college admissions vis a vis their peers from Indian national systems that offer percentages? Are there any exceptions made for IB DP students to gain admissions in Indian Colleges?
For students wishing to apply to Indian Universities, upon a special request, IB offers a percentage mark sheet along with the grade based Diploma. Specific percentages are assigned to each subject leaving no room for varied interpretation of grades. Moreover, to facilitate students to pursue the medicine program in India, IB allows interested students to pursue three sciences (PCB) while dropping one subject from Individuals and Societies as an exception.
Are colleges in India ready for IB?
While IB DP is fully recognized for entry into the Bachelor’s degree program in all higher education institutes in India, with growing awareness of the merits of the IB DP program more and more colleges are welcoming IB DP students. IB students are successfully pursuing their undergraduate programs in some top colleges of the country such as:
Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College, College of Vocational Studies, D.Y Patil College, St. Xavier's, Mumbai, HR College of Commerce, Mumbai, Wilson, Mumbai, Fergusson College, Pune, Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi, Loyola, Chennai, Stella Marie, Chennai, Baroda Art Institute, NIFT, Daulat Ram College, Gargi College, Indraprastha College for Women, Jesus and Mary College, Kamla Nehru College, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Maitreyi College, Osmania University, PGDAV College, Podar World College, Ramjas College, SRCC, NID, Manipal, and Sri Venkateswara College
Do you provide and follow textbooks across all the three IB programmes – PYP, MYP and DP?
We provide textbooks of Oxford/Cambridge/Pearson/IBID publications to students for MYP and DP to have directional focus on contents specified in subjects at every grade level vertically articulated to the culmination of MYP at Grade 10 and DP at Grade 12. In case of PYP, the Homeroom teachers at every grade with collaborated effort referring to multiple resources available in our library and multi-media centre provide a Programme of Inquiry on six trans-disciplinary themes.
In all the three programmes the contents and subject specific skills are developed in real-life and global contexts for an in-depth conceptual understanding. Hence it will not be driven through one textbook alone, instead multiple resources will be used during the course.
Is there a structured syllabus spelt out by IB?
Like any state/national/international boards, IB does provide subject specific topics and contents for Grade 10 and Grade 12 external examinations. Keeping this outcome it will be aligned vertically from 12 to K, the year planner and unit planner are shared with students/parents in the beginning of the academic year.
Although IB learners are strong in oral communication skills, they lack practice of writing skills in the form of Homework, written tasks, especially in the PYP.
While IB encourages different forms of communication skills and students are given the choice in PYP to present their assessment tasks, this generation students integrate technology and many a times choose oral and visual presentation. However, as they move on to MYP and DP there is a mandatory requirement of written tasks and assessment in subject specific skills demand extended and long response answers.
While the PYP students learn through trans-disciplinary theme, there is always less emphasis on standalone continuum subject specific skills in Mathematics and Sciences.
Certainly the POI on trans-disciplinary theme will ensure vertical and horizontal articulation of subject focus and wherever the effective connections are not possible, the fundamental subject specific skills are developed.
Why there is no time bound tests and examinations in PYP?
The tests or examinations are nothing but one of the summative assessment tasks conducted as per the requirement of criteria to be met on completion of the unit. Therefore, the students are not assessed only through tests or examinations, but also through various other forms of summative tasks recorded and reported.
We understand that for holistic development the students are engaged in various activities and events in school. But in the process there is less academic rigour.
The measure of academic rigour is not on the quantity of content but on the combined skill set of learning where the approach to learning skills are more emphasized on higher order cognitive skills apart from the fundamental skills, namely, knowledge, understanding and application. Depending upon the unit, the students will develop critical and creative thinking skills, research and transferrable skills, analytical and evaluating techniques, social and self management skills for team work collaboration and taking ownership, and finally communicating their ideas, knowledge in various forms validating multiple perspectives.
Will the IB learners become as competent as National Curriculum learners in terms of competitive and entrance tests?
The IB curriculum by itself is academically rigorous and challenging and skill set developed are well suited for International level competitive examinations like SAT and provide the students a strong foundation for high ranked universities across the world which includes Indian Universities. The preparation for local level competitive examinations requires a different strategy and only coaching institutes make them competitive.
Why the fee structure is very high for IB curriculum?
The school authorized to offer IB programmes pays a huge annual subscription fee to IB. During the process of authorization and as an ongoing process there is a huge amount incurred in procuring resources, providing facilities of international standards and equipping the teachers with training and professional development skills and hiring of high profile teachers.
Is it possible to adjust the academic calendar year suiting to our National curriculum calendar?
The National curriculum board examinations are conducted during March whereas the culmination of IB curriculum programmes is during May. Hence the academic year for National curriculum is June to April and for IB it is from August to June.
Subjects offered and choices:
Students are required to study six subjects and a curriculum core concurrently over two years. These include two languages (Group 1 and Group 2), one subject from individuals and societies (Group 3), one science (Group 4), one mathematics subject (Group 5), and one subject from the arts (Group 6) or another subject from the other groups, namely group 1 to 5. The curriculum core includes Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity Activity Service.
It is essential that a pre-university education equips students with the depth of discipline-specific knowledge and skills that they will need to follow their chosen university course and for use later in their professional lives. Specialization is encouraged in the DP by expecting students to study three (with the possibility of studying four) subjects at a higher level (HL). This is balanced with a requirement for breadth by expecting students to study three more subjects at standard level (SL) (or two when four HL subjects are completed).
Engineering and Medical entrance examinations and admissions in India
The final year DP examination session will be during May (first three weeks from Monday to Friday) and the results will be released on 5th July and on 6th July Indian equivalent percentage of marks will be delivered as IB Diploma Indian percentage transcript direct to Indian Universities. The last date for receipt of application in Anna University is 30th July. The scheduling of IB Diploma examinations can be adjusted within 24 hours in case there is a clash on local entrance examination date.
IB DP examination fee
The examination fee for IB Diploma Programme will be collected separately at the time of registration of subjects with IB during DP Year 2 (November, i.e. six months before May examinations). The fees will be approximately INR 75000 for all six subjects and curriculum core subjects including registration fee.
Admission to DP Year 1
At GIS there will be a bridge course called as Pre-IB program for over a month in the beginning of DP year 1 in order to make the students familiarize and equip with the pre required IB skills. The admission to DP Year 1 will be closed at the end of first week of September.
What is the Fee Structure ?
For fee details, please contact the school office.
Does the school cater to children with special needs?
School provides the extra care and remedial classes for special children with special needs.
How many children are there in class ?
There are 18 to 20 children per class.
Can I have information about the school transport facilities ?
Bus routes information will be displayed at the school office
What are the extra-curricular activities you offer ?
Kindly refer activities link
When should I submit an application form ?
The duly filled the application form can be submitted in the respective school offices in the month of November .We accept applications at other times if a place is available.
Is there a school uniform ?
Yes, we have school uniforms for students from Nursery to Grade 12. There are separate uniforms for daily wear and Physical Education (PE). Uniforms may be bought from the school on specific days of the week. The uniforms are available for a longer period at the school premises.