Secondary students at One World International School have the opportunity to participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (also referred to as the IB DP). OWIS is proud to offer the IB DP at our school, and students have benefited from this programme in many different ways.
What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, is an innovative programme designed specifically for secondary students between the ages of 16 and 19. Not only does it feature a rigorous academic framework, but it also encourages students to grow socially, physically and ethically. The IB DP is a renowned international programme that is utilised by many of the best educational institutions around the globe. It is widely recognised as a premier programme by some of the top universities worldwide.
How the IB DP Differs From Other Curricula
The IB DP differs from other curricula in several distinct ways. Its academic coursework is challenging, but students must go beyond memorising facts and statistics in order to succeed. Through the IB DP, students learn to become independent thinkers who are willing to collaborate and discuss their findings with their peers. The IB DP curriculum features six subject groups, including studies in language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics and the arts. There also is an additional core programme that comprises a Theory of Knowledge course, Creativity, Activity and Service component and an Extended Essay. This additional core programme adds value to the IB DP because it encourages students to apply the critical thinking and creativity skills that they have developed as part of the courses in the six subject groups.
The Success Rate of the IB DP
How the IB DP Adds Value for Students
Students who enrol in the IB DP at OWIS will realise a variety of benefits, including:
- Developing 21st-century skills that will help them compete in the global economy. Many of the IB DP courses offer hands-on learning opportunities as well as engaging exercises that teach students how to collaborate effectively with their peers.
- Attending courses at various academic depths. For example, students can opt for a Higher Level course if they feel they need a more challenging and rigorous environment in a specific subject. Higher Level courses typically involve additional topics, more practical or lab work or may require students to collect data, conduct research and analyse their findings, which prepares students for university life.
- Allowing students to combine their personal interests with their academic and professional goals. The IB DP provides students with an opportunity to select courses that best meet their own strengths and passions.
- Encouraging students to have an open mind. The nature of the IB DP courses allows students to develop an international mindset and to always consider the viewpoints of others when making decisions.
Why OWIS Opts for IB DP for our pre-university students
For years, OWIS has believed that all of its students benefit from its multicultural student body and its international approach to education. The IB DP naturally complements the mission of OWIS, and administrators, teachers and staff members have had high rates of success with this programme.
For more information about the IB DP at OWIS, contact us today.
(This blog was originally written in collaboration with Ms Iris Tay, former Senior Coordinator – IB DP & ToK Teacher, OWIS Nanyang.)