Saint John's Prep Offers IB Diploma Programme
Saint John's Prep has been named an IB World School and has been approved to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization's Diploma Programme, starting Fall 2011. This program, created over 40 years ago, has established a reputation for high academic standards. IB students learn to think creatively, globally and independently.
There are many advantages for students who earn the IB Diploma as well as for those who participate in an IB curriculum. For one, its world-class academic standards are accepted throughout the world at selective universities, making it a passport to higher education. Universities around the world welcome the unique characteristics of students who have earned an IB Diploma and recognize the way in which the program helps to prepare students for university-level education. IB students routinely gain priority admission to some of the most prestigious universities in the world, most of which have established recognition policies for the IB Diploma.
This sophisticated two-year curriculum covers a wide range of academic subjects and has stood the test of time for over 774,000 students in 138 countries and 2,815 schools since 1968.
What is the IB Diploma Programme?
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is an optional two-year program of rigorous study during a student's junior and senior years. Students study in six academic areas: Language; Second Language; Mathematics; Science; Individuals and Society; and the Arts.
In addition, the programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.
The extended 4,000 word essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
Creativity, action, service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.
Students take examinations at the end of their junior and senior year. Based on their scores, students may receive an IB diploma.
IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
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