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IB Course Syllabus - General Overview and Benefits

Posted by Aaron Sawatsky on Jun 29, 2016 8:30:00 PM

IB_Course_Syllabus.gifMany parents are interested in learning more about the IB school program syllabus, its general outline and the benefits which make it stand out compared to other school programs.

This article is meant to answer both questions in some detail, and give you a good idea of what the IB program is about.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, also known as the IB Program, curriculum is comprised of three Diploma Program core elements, and six subject groups.

The diploma core is set up with the goal of broadening the students’ educational experience and challenging them to a wider application of their analytical skills and acquired knowledge in a productive and creative manner.

The IB Core Elements Are:

  • Theory of Knowledge, where students are encouraged to reflect on the nature of knowledge and the nature of our awareness of it. In other words, how we know what we claim to know.
  • The Extended Essay, is an independent assignment, combining creative writing with self-directed research, and resulting in a 4,000-word paper. The students discover and develop their creative and analytical skills, as well as improve self discipline, time management and other organizational skills.
  • Creativity, Activity, Service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts, specific applications of which may vary.

The subject group categories are:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Sciences
  3. Individuals and Societies
  4. Language Acquisition
  5. Studies in Language and Literature
  6. The Arts

Each of those groups is comprised of a set of different courses structured to steadily develop the child’s understanding, skill and knowledge in the respective subjects.

IB Courses to Choose From

Each group has different courses the students choose from, composing their curriculums to suit their skills and preferences. Students can decide to switch one course in arts to take an additional course in science, individuals and societies or language instead.

Additionally, there is a choice to take some subjects at HL (higher level) or SL (standard level). The scores in HL and SL differ in scope due to the different levels of learning, but are measured by the same criteria. The students in HL are expected to demonstrate a more in-depth understanding and skill level on the subject.

Students will take between three and four subjects at Higher Level, according to their chosen career paths. The remaining subjects will be taken at Standard Level. Standard Level and Higher Level subjects take 150 and 240 teaching hours respectively.

Why Choose an IB School?

There are many reasons why a Mississauga IB School would be a great choice for your child. IB schools provide your child with a unique education both in terms of level of studies, and curriculum content.

  • Students in an IB School are encouraged to think systematically and independently. They are taught to drive their own learning, and fuel their own ambition.
  • IB School teaching methods lead to some of the highest ranking universities in the world.
  • IB School programs make students more aware and apt culturally, with a second language and cultural studies being part of the program.
  • The scope of knowledge they acquire sets them up to easily engage in a modern, rapidly changing world, workforce and society.

Mississauga IB School Students Perform Better

The IB program is the perfect way to set your child on the path to excellence.

IB program graduates typically have stronger academic and social characteristics, exhibiting more profound understanding of the subjects they have learned. They tend to be more independent and self-driven, which helps them get accepted to almost any university and further their future careers.

If you want to know more, call or visit us at St. Jude’s Academy, one of the most prestigious IB Schools in the Mississauga and Brampton and Milton area.

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