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What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and how does it help with university acceptance?

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The IB Programme is an internationally accepted common curriculum developed and regulated by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Many people think of the high school-level Diploma Programme when they think of IB, but the IB Programme has expanded and now includes three programs that span kindergarten to pre-university. "IB World Schools" that offer one, two or all of the programs follow a specific IB curriculum of subject groups. The aim of IB is to offer an international education that will help students develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

Read how schools are implementing the IB curriculum and how students are benefiting in these student testimonials.

Looking for a school? Here is a list of schools that offer the IB curriculum offer the IB curriculum

Parent Answers & Comments

Lucas PK wrote:
IB schools are nown open all over the world, so they can be options for parents looking for a truly international experience for their kids.

Lisa wrote:
IB is also a program for parents who are simply looking for a more challenging curriculum that spans a wide variety of subjects.

Kate wrote:
The conversion of IB level work at some high schools is not well understood. Completing the rigourous IB Diploma (grade 11 and 12) has students undertake labs, field studies, etc that develop a great level of skill. In translating that into an Ontario grade, means the school must recognize the difference and not penalize a student for completing a more challenging program. Clarissa's school is clearly not converting IB grades to Ontario percentages very well. IB does not require nor encourage just the super smart; you just need to develop good time management skills and a strong work ethic.

Mattias wrote:
If you want your kids go in an IB school, go ahead, however, if you come from a society there a good life balance is highly valued your kid shall not start IB. IB doesn't involve innovation, however, if your child wants to become something in science or math IB is very good. Because you go deeper in a lot of subjects more than others, there is less courses availabe for your child. I wouldnt personally recommend IB to anyone that has problem or even a little bit of problem in school. Mostly of your grade is also based on the final assements and if you have failed a grade you cannot improve it later. If your child isn't good in math for example IB will be a tough time.

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