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What’s the IB Advantage?

Posted by Ms. Nelson on May 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM

The International Baccalaureate is a prestigious education program provided by IB schools in Brampton, across Canada, as well as internationally.  Since 1968, IB World Schools have been challenging students to succeed by encouraging excellence through academic and personal achievement. Families looking to enrol their students in these programs want to understand what sets IB schools apart from the competition. If their children do attend, what advantages will they have over attending a public school?


Advantages

Global Citizens

The IB program is used by various private and international schools. It not only focuses on the subject and skills of the standardized curriculum, but also on becoming “global citizens” (placing emphasis on knowledge, values, and attitudes that promote giving back to the local and global communities).

University ready

The programs are designed to provide students with tools to succeed in the next steps of education. The internationally focused programs have rigorous assessment standards that put learners on a fast track for university and hopefully, scholarships.

Excellent Infrastructure

The IB Program has three levels, namely: the PYP (Primary Years Program), MYP (Middle Years Program), and the IB (International Baccalaureate program). These international education programs have been adopted in almost 2000 schools in 124 countries, many schools offer all three of the programs (depending on the age group and size of the institution).

The system requires educators and facilitators to be highly trained in the programs to effectively teach and assess the curriculum according to IB standards.  A unique feature of the IB program is the role librarians and other media experts/specialists play in integrating, coordinating and assisting students with research, especially at the MYP and IB levels.

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Challenges

High expectations

Since their beginnings, the IB program has strived to produce academic and personal success with their students. The program enforces strict standards and has high expectations students are expected to fill for them to succeed. With elite teachers and education staff, IB schools can provide some of the best education available and put your child on the path to success.

Change in workload

IB schools will expect students to put their best foot forward to succeed. This might involve more homework than normal, which may be a transition for some students. By actively preparing with your child, and instilling good study habits, you can set your family up to thrive in the new environment. This preparation pays off in a big way as well. IB students such as those on the IB Diploma Programme (DP), tend to enrol at top universities, and students on the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP), outperform other students in several areas including SAT scores.

Looking for the best IB secondary schools Brampton has to offer?

Preparation is essential when looking to enrol your children in a new school or program. Planning your priorities, and making a short list of IB schools will allow you to narrow down and choose a location that’s perfect for your family. Providing your children with premier education can put them a step above the competition, and help them take on the world with a nuanced, global perspective.

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