International Baccalaureate

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What is the International Baccalaureate?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) started with the International School of Geneva. They were looking for a programme of study that promoted peace after the recent world war. The programme was later refined by the University of Oxford. They wanted to promoting critical thinking skills.

The International Baccalaureate Organisation has refined the three academic programmes for 30 years. It is now recognised as the world’s foremost international programme. If gives students access to the best universities. It also gives them the skills to succeed once they get there.


Which Ages Does the IB Teach?

Primary Years: 4 - 11 Years of Age

The IB starts with the Primary Years Programme (PYP). This is for students aged four to 11 year of age. Our teachers teach the academic subjects as stand alone subjects, or as units of inquiry. At ICS Maths and English have dedicated daily hours. The units of inquiry are 4-6 week projects. This gives the students a context within which to learn their new academic. Teachers encourage our students to be detectives; to find answers to questions themselves.

Secondary Years: 11 - 16 Years of Age

At secondary age, from 11 to 16, students study the Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP starts with the concept of international mindedness. How can we see things in a global way? All learning happens with a global context. The students learn traditional academic subjects. Our teachers make the key concepts clear in the subjects. Like the PYP, students making inquiries into questions set by the teacher. These questions look at the topic is different ways. Finally, students reflect on their work and prepare for assessments.

Diploma Years: 16 - 18 Years of Age

Access to university, in the UK or anywhere in the world, happens through the IB Diploma. This is for students aged 16-18. The programme is a set curriculum of study like A Levels. Work done at MYP and PYP prepare students for the demands of study at this level. Students have to show organisation skills and a love of learning to succeed at this level. Students pick three subjects to study at a higher level equal to A Level. Students also study three subjects at a lower level like AS Level. This gives students the balance of knowledge appropriate at this age.

The IB Curriculum

IB Introduction

The IB guides our learning through units of inquiry. These relate academic subjects to the real world. The units have a structure that guides our students to look at topics in a variety of ways. The IB provides IB schools a learner profile. This guides students on how to become well balanced learners. It also teaches students on how to be a good citizen.

How we teach at primary

At the primary school, we teach maths using a stand alone maths programme. Students get 1 hr of maths per day. Students also get 1 hr of English per day. We have developed our own literacy programme. As part of the programme younger students learn phonics. Primary students are tested according to the international schools assessment (ISA). The ISA tests are approved by the IB and test english, maths and science. Our results are well above the world averages.

ICS is more than the IB

Our school is more than the IB. Our trips in the UK and around the world give our students the opportunity for adventure and self discovery. We make use of our central London location. We visit exhibitions in local museums and galleries. These visits fit in with the topics the students are studying. Finally, as a member of the NACE Group of Schools, ICS students will be able to partake in five NACE international events and gives our students opportunities to study abroad for part of their time with ICS.

Success In the IB Programme

ICS Students have been successful in securing places at the world top universities. IB results come out 6 weeks before A Level. Last year all our students secured their places before A Levels results had even come out. The IB at ICS is the best route to university. And it gives students the tools they need to succeed when they get there.

Academic results at secondary

Learning at secondary is linked more closely with academic subjects. Students learn the fundamentals of each subject. They also start to learn higher order thinking skills. This prepares them for the IB Diploma. Our IB Diploma results at the secondary school are outstanding.

Our points scores for the last four years see us maintain our 34-point average in the IB diploma, well above the world average of 29 points.

All our students went to good universities around the world. This included our top performer going to Oxford University. Last year our students took the new IB MYP exams. These exams are taken on computer and you can link to the internet for research. They represent the future of exam taking.

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