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- International Baccalaureate levels
- What are the classes in the IB Programme?
- IB schools
- IB Programme in Łódź
The IB emphasizes projects and encourages students to learn from peers, with students actively and fearlessly criticizing each other's work. In addition to preparing students for broad thinking, the full IB Programme requires students to express themselves through writing and is designed to shape inquisitive, competent, and caring young people who can help create a better world through understanding it and respecting others.
The main assumption of IB education is international, which positively influences mutual tolerance, creativity, and interest in other cultures. Importantly, the level of schools offering this program is very high. The program is very popular among parents and students who want to get to know the world better and get a good education. A graduate of such a school thinks in a more multicultural manner, and the fact that these schools are multilingual makes universities from all over the world open up to them. Each IB school offers at least several foreign languages.
International Baccalaureate levels
The International Baccalaureate Programme implements its curriculum in the early school years.
IB offers education at three levels:
- Primary Years Programme (PYP)
This is a program for students aged 3 to 12. Thus, education begins at preschool and lasts until the end of primary school. The main assumption in this period is the development of appropriate social behaviour and it focuses on the emotional needs of younger students. After completing such learning, the student becomes more curious, caring, and tolerant, and aware of the diversity of needs and behaviour of classmates. During education in the IB Programme, the child also becomes more communicative, bold, and prone to reflection. Another feature that is developed during the Primary Years Programme is adherence to principles, openness to others, and a sense of research. Children very often have to find out on their own, and of course the guidance and help of teachers is provided.
- Middle Years Programme (MYP)
This is the period of International Baccalaureate education, which covers the period from 11 to 16 years of age. During this period, cognitive processes and a correct social attitude are shaped. The Middle Years Programme is also a slow introduction to academic life and already at this stage students receive many indications that will help them choose their further education. Thanks to this approach, students of International Baccalaureate (IB) schools choose a satisfactory educational path, and then a professional one. The subjects at this stage are mother tongue, foreign language, mathematics, geography, biology, chemistry, history, WOS, art, music, physical education, and family life education.
- The Diploma Programme (IB DP)
IB Diploma Programme is the last stage of education in the IB system. It covers young people aged 16 to 19 in high school) and ends with the matriculation examination. However, this is called the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, thanks to which admission to foreign studies becomes much easier. A student who graduates from such a school is also more open to the world and diversity and adapts without fear to new, culturally different conditions around the world. All this thanks to tolerance, which is one of the main principles of learning in the IB system.
What are the classes in the IB Programme?
When choosing a school for your child, it is important to ask how students are participating in the school's IB Programme. Many schools have special IB classes in which children can be enrolled. In an IB class, the child is less likely to take notes during teacher-led lessons and more likely to work on individual or group projects. IB classes are a difficult challenge, requiring children to show initiative, organize and implement projects, and present to classmates. Children who do well in a challenging environment and enjoy having choices (such as choosing research topics and choosing how to present what they learn) are likely to do well in an IB class. Another factor is the emphasis of the IB curriculum on asking questions and seeking answers—no matter how controversial the subject may be. This is in line with IB's mission to teach children that everyone may have different opinions and should be taken into account.
IB schools can be found in 157 countries around the world, and the number of such institutions (the latest data as of September 3, 2019) is 6,812.
In Poland, IB schools operate mainly in larger cities, mostly private schools. The IB Programme has been operating in Poland since 1993 and is currently implemented by 52 schools.
IB Programme in Łódź
The IB Programme is recognized all over the world. In Poland, there are already about 40 educational institutions that implement the International Baccalaureate curriculum and due to the interest of parents and children in this method of teaching, it’s possible that this number will increase.
A perfect example of the effectiveness of the IB Programme is the scientific achievements of students attending one of the IB schools in Łódź. Both secondary and primary education are offered. Schools and their curricula are very modern. They have multimedia laboratories and educators thoroughly prepared to work with children and youth. Interestingly, primary school also invites children to kindergarten, where they will be able to get a taste of education under the IB Programme.
Students of the above-mentioned secondary schools can prepare for the international secondary school-leaving examination, in line with the IB plan. Unfortunately, in Lodz, there are only two institutions that work with students in accordance with the International Baccalaureate philosophy. Probably due to the international success of the graduates of the schools where the IB Programme has been implemented, the popularity of these schools will continue to grow. It’s possible that in Łódź more branches will be opened in the near future. It’s worth considering whether opening more IB classes in public institutions would not be a good solution for children and parents interested in this method of education.
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