IB Coordinator at RAS.
We have become an established IB school, and when we look at our graduates as they move forward through university or college and into their future careers around the world, we are constantly reminded of how much our students benefit from following an IB curriculum. The two-year program gives them time to grow, acquire in-depth knowledge, and develop excellent communication and presentation skills. Students learn to think and work independently yet also learn how to be team-players, and how to be “civically, socially and environmentally responsible”. When they leave for university, we know they are ready and prepared.
IB Diploma Programme: A strong predictor of success in university – www.ibo.org
Recent research on the performance of students in the IB Diploma Programme
We believe the IB provides an education suited to the demands of the 21st Century – be it university or the work-place – and it suits a variety of different kinds of students; those who don’t quite know what to do later on and those who want to specialize in particular subject areas; the most able with ambitions to go to the very best colleges and universities, as well as less academic students who will benefit from the breadth of study and the learning skills acquired. However, for those students who prefer to focus their attention on attaining the RAS Diploma, there is the opportunity to take one or more individual IB courses and to sit for external examinations for IB certificates in those subjects at higher or standard level.
A rigorous pre-university course of studies that meets the needs of highly-motivated secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19 years, the IB programme has a strong international dimension, drawing on cultural experience and knowledge from around the world. It nurtures the values of tolerance and respect, providing a firm foundation for students to take their place as global citizens of the twenty first century.
Students are encouraged to develop independent learning and critical thinking skills which prepare them for higher education and employment. The courses span a range of subject areas (as shown in the curriculum framework diagram), so that the IB can achieve its goal of providing “a package of education that balances subject breadth and depth.” As well as English and mathematics, students must study a second language, a science and a social science. For their sixth choice, students must choose either an arts subject or study an additional language, science or social science.
It is generally advised that the subject(s) most closely related to a student’s likely degree course or college major should be studied at higher level. In this way students are able to study some subjects in depth and others more broadly within a program that caters to their strengths and interests.
Learn more about the Diploma
HL = Higher Level / SL = Standard Level
In the 2014/15 Academic Year RAS will offer Pamoja online IB courses in subject areas not offered at RAS.
Many European and international universities require the IB Diploma for admission, while colleges in the US generally regard it as an enhancement to student applications and sometimes offer credit for IB higher level course certificates. However, policies do vary from country to country, and from institution to institution. The IBO maintains a searchable online database at http://www.ibo.org/country . This database has information regarding the IB in specific countries: IB schools, colleges/universities that recognize the IB Diploma/certificates, and the recognition policy of each government.
For more information on recognition please refer to the IBO website.