What’s special about the academic programmes at IB Schools?

Author : george harley | Published On : 17 Sep 2021

International Baccalaureate® (IB) programmes for global schools provide a detailed and developmentally appropriate curriculum that is broad, balanced and connected.

These programmes promote conceptual learning, build frameworks within which knowledge can be attained, and focus on powerful ideas that are relevant across progressive levels of education. They enable integration of learning different subjects and make lessons more coherent.

Schools affiliated to IB programmes

In addition to IB world schools, some of the best Cambridge schools in Delhi NCR have also adopted IB programmes, particularly the IB Primary Year Programme (PYP) for learners in Nursery to Grade 5.

Such schools employ IB’s customised approaches to teaching and learning. The approaches focus on a cycle of inquiry along with action and reflection which in turn is an interaction between asking, doing and thinking.

They also emphasize on relationships because IB believes that academic outcomes are thoughtfully moulded by the relationships between educators and learners. Through its programmes the board also highlights ways in which people can work together to make sense of the problems faced by the world, and address them successfully.

IB for senior students – IBDP

Another popular IB curriculum in India is the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) for students of Grades 11 and 12. It has been planned with six subject groups and the DP core that together comprise theory of knowledge, creativity- activity-service (CAS) and extended essay. 

Through the IBDP core, learners comprehend the nature of knowledge, conduct research independently on different topics assigned to them, and undertake a project that usually involves community service.

Common ideas in IB programmes for primary and senior school students

There are a few foundational elements that are central to all IB programmes:

  • The programmes help to develop open mindedness towards international elements and an ability to integrate with them while maintaining one’s own identity. International mindedness allows the students to leverage opportunities for developing intercultural respect and understanding.
  • All IB courses have a balanced curriculum that’s broad, well-defined and conceptual. They include a range of academic studies combined with varied learning experiences. Students enrolled in IB programmes offered by the best schools in Gurgaon use authentic ways to experiment upon as well as critically analyse ideas.
  • The programmes place students at the centre of education. They not only focus on their cognitive learning but also promote emotional and physical wellbeing. The aim is to make the child an effective thinker and communicator who is both principled as well as a risk taker.
  • The approach of ‘inquiry, action and reflection’ highlights the daily activities of both students and teachers. It also helps to foster a healthier, more pragmatic student- teacher relationship.  

IB Schools in Gurgaon and other cities of India are continuously working towards empowering young students with knowledge, skills and values that they can utilise to create a healthier, more hopeful and peaceful world in the future. While such aspirations may sound ambitious, they are achievable through dedicated efforts. The Cambridge and IB schools in Gurgaon are contributing in this direction by following future-ready academic programmes and maintaining an agile approach to teaching and learning.

Author bio - The Gurgaon based campus of Amity Global School enrolled its first batch of students in 2008 and has been helping young scholars imbibe the virtues of IB and Cambridge education year after year. A tailored approach to academics, sports and extra-curricular activities is the hallmark of the institution.