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The Diploma Program

The IB Diploma Program (IBDP) is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The program has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.
The goal of the International Baccalaureate Organization (“IBO”) is to provide students with the values and opportunities that will enable them to develop sound judgments, make wise choices, and respect others in the global community.
In almost 50 years since its founding, the IB Diploma has become a symbol of academic integrity and intellectual promise.

Authorization and Recognition:
Only schools that are officially authorized by the IBO may offer the Diploma Program and present candidates for examination. There are 3,000 schools that offer IBDP in more than 140 countries (retrieved on Nov 11, 2013, IBO).
According to the IBO, as of January 2011, 2,544 universities in 75 countries had submitted to them specific policies for admitting holders of IB Diplomas, but many more universities without specific policies admit IB Diploma holders. The IBO has shown that students are well prepared for university work and the Diploma Program has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB Diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities. These include institutions such as Cambridge, Harvard, Heidelberg, McGill, MIT, Oxford, Princeton, Rotterdam Erasmus, Sorbonne, UBC and Yale.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is IB?

A: IB, the abbreviation of “International Baccalaureate”, formerly the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), is an international educational foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and founded in 1968. IB offers four educational programs for children aged 3–19. The organization's name and logo were changed in 2007 to reflect reorganization. Consequently, "IB" can refer to the organization itself, any of the four programs, or the diploma or certificates awarded at the end of the diploma program. (ibo.org)


Q2. What is IBDP?

A: IBDP is the abbreviation of “International Baccalaureate Diploma Program”, is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19 (usually in Grade 11 and 12), for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The program, has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. (ibo.org)


Q3. What is the difference(s) between IBDP and other university preparatory program(s)?

A: The most fundamental difference is that the IB offers a program consisting of six subjects and a core curriculum backed by a holistic philosophy while other programs such as A Levels and AP are stand-alone exams accredited by the UK and US governments respectively.


Q4. What is a holistic education?

A: Holistic education does not exist in a single, consistent form. It is best described as a group of beliefs, feelings, principles and general ideas that share a family resemblance (Forbes 2003: 2). It is more than the education of the whole student and addresses the very broadest development of the whole person at the cognitive and affective levels. It emphasizes the education of the student beyond the confines of the classroom and moves the concept of a child-centered educational approach to a much more radical program of education. It focuses on the fullest possible development of the person, encouraging individuals to become the very best or finest that they can be and enabling them to experience all they can from life and reach their goals (Forbes 2003: 17). These experiences or achievements can be rare, special and deeply meaningful experiences for the individual or could represent a position, role or vocation that they perceive as unique or special and is an important goal in their life (John Hare, IB position paper, 2010). For a more thorough understanding of holistic education, please click on the link below:

http://blogs.ibo.org/positionpapers/files/2010/09/Holistic-education_John-Hare.pdf


Q5. What are the teachers’ qualifications at AIC?

A:AIC staff have years of experience in not only teaching, but also developing, coordinating and examining IB Diploma Program courses. They have now come together in Guangzhou to share their passion for international education. Our teaching staffs come from many different countries. They have taught on five continents, speak numerous languages, and yet have two essential aspects in common: their passion for and distinguished careers in international education.Our staffs include experts and leaders in various fields for the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO):More than half of our staffs are IB Examiners (including Chief Examiners and Deputy Chief Examiners) in various subjects.More than 40% of our teaching staff are or have been IB Workshop Leaders, providing IB-certified training to other teaching professionals to become better IB teachers.


Q6. What is the assessment method of IB Diploma?

A:The IBDP exam is divided into internal and external assessments. The internal assessment is conducted by subject teachers under the IB syllabus outline, which will then be reviewed by moderators appointed by the IBO. The external assessment is conducted by the IBO examiners, from setting exam questions to marking of the test papers. Candidates’ work is assessed against prescribed and well-defined marking schemes of each subject.

The total score of IBDP is 45 points, in which 42 are divided into the sum of the six subjects (7 points per subject), and possible 3 points from ToK, EE and participation in CAS. The minimum total to pass the IBDP is 24 points. Students who obtain more than 32 points stand a higher chance to be admitted to top universities worldwide.


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