Over the past six years, the Advanced Learning School (ALS) has successfully implemented the IB Diploma Programme standard.
This handbook is a guide for students and parents to learn more about the IB Diploma Programme including:
Description of IB Curriculum
Advantages of the IB Programme
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
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.
The IB Diploma Programme
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.
Students learn more than a collection of facts. The Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to:
ask challenging questions
learn how to learn
develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture
develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.
The IB Diploma Programme is unique because
it is a world-recognized qualification
it has a comprehensive and balanced curriculum with rigorous assessments
it is a symbol of academic excellence
Why Do College Decision Makers Select IB Graduates? “IB is well known to us as excellent preparation. Success in an IB programme correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript.”
Marilyn Mc Graff Lewis
Assistant Dean of Admissions
Harvard University “We have found these [IB] students to be excellent additions to the Notre Dame community. Both in the classroom and in campus life, they have demonstrated their ability to be active learners.”
Daniel J. Saracino
Assistant Provost for Enrollment
Notre Dame University
“One of the advantages of an IB curriculum is its structure and quality. It is a coordinated
programme, … well known and respected. We know the quality of IB courses, and we think the IB curriculum is terrific.”
Survey says IB diploma increases admission rates at top colleges. According to a recent survey from the International Baccalaureate North America (IBNA), top universities continue to report that they accept students with IB diplomas at a higher rate than other applicants.
IB Diploma Programme Curriculum The IB Diploma Programme is portrayed in the shape of a hexagon with the six academic areas around a core. Diploma students are required to do a minimum of six subjects, one subject from each of the six subject groups represented on a hexagon. At least three and not more than four of the selected subjects must be at the Higher Level with the remaining at the Standard Level. Higher level courses cover 240 hours of teaching time while standard level subjects cover 150 hours over the two year period.
In addition students must fulfill the requirements of the three compulsory components which lie at the core of the hexagon: the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and the Creativity Action and Service.
Curriculum Embracing the last two years of secondary education, the curriculum of the IB Diploma
Programme incorporates standards that assume a high level of achievement than during previous years. The subjects are arranged according to six areas and the IB Diploma candidate is required to choose one subject from each area. (If the student does not select a route from Group 6, he/she may select a 2nd route from Group 2, 3 or 4.)
Which Diploma subjects will be offered at ALS? Group 1: Language A
First language courses which include the study of selections of world literature.
Arabic (HL/SL), English (HL/SL)
Group 2: Language B, and Ab Initio Language
Second modern language courses are for various levels of proficiency.