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The International Baccalaureate Program - what is it?

Updated: Nov 30, 2021

What is the IB program?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers a continuum of international education. The programmes encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.

The IB program aims to provide courses to students of all different ages:

Primary school (3-12 years old): IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP)

Middle School (11-16 years old): IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP)

Foundation: IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)

IB Career-related Programme (IBCP)

International Baccalaureate Elementary Program (IBPYP)

3-12 years old

The course encourages children to become active, caring, life-long learners, to cultivate children to have their own personal goals and build self-confidence. In addition, the program instills a motivation to learn by using classroom activities and games to develop the children’s potential.

Course introduction: Content includes language, mathematics, society, science, physical education, morality and intelligence, which is closer to the traditional elementary school curriculum. In order to learn who I am, what era and society I am in, how we express ourselves to organize ourselves, and how the world works.

Schools offering courses: Beacon Hill Primary School, Bradbury English Primary School, Canada International School, Clearwater Bay Primary School, Discovery College, Discovery Montessori, Hong Kong Academy, HKCA Po Leung Kuk, Independent Schools Foundation, International College Hong Kong, Japanese International School, Kingston International School, Malvern College, Renaissance College and Shatin Junior School.

International Baccalaureate Middle School Program (IB MYP)

11-16 years old

The course encourages students to establish practical links between academia and the real world. Students with various interests and academic abilities can also benefit from their participation. Schools can also formulate teaching content based on their own progress, student characteristics, etc.. subjects do not have specific subject content.

Course Introduction: Subject groups include language and literature, a second language, personal and social development, mathematics, design, art, science, and physical education. Each year, the course requires at least 50 hours of teaching time per subject. Flexible teaching enables students to have appropriate learning methods and develop learning objectives. Before the end of the course, you can choose to provide an electronic assessment based on the results of the IB certification of the exam and coursework. Students who perform external assessments are eligible to obtain the IBMYP certificate.

Schools offering courses: Canadian International School, Chinese International School, Discovery College, Independent Schools Foundation, Hong Kong Academy, Malvern College, Renaissance College

IB Diploma (IBDP)

16-19 years old

The course is an internationally recognized two-year course that trains students with breadth and depth of knowledge. Students choose six courses from six different subject groups.

Course Introduction: Subject groups include language and literature, language (second language), personal and social, mathematics, design, art, science, and physical education. The core teaching of each subject is theory of knowledge TOK, creativity, activity, service CAS and extended essay EE. In terms of grading, each subject can get 1-7 points. In addition, students with excellent grades and core teaching will have 3 additional points, so the maximum can reach 45 points. If you fail to achieve CAS, you will not be eligible for the IBDP certificate.

Schools offering courses: Australian International School, Canadian International School, Chinese International School, Discovery College, French International School, German Swiss International School, Han Academy, Hong Kong Academy, Independent Schools Foundation, International College Hong Kong, Island School, Kiangsu-Chekiang College, Malvern College, Nord Anglia International School, King George V School, Renaissance College, Singapore International School, Victoria Shanghai Academy, Shatin College, South Island School, West Island and Yew Chung International.

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