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IB Diploma Programme




What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is a broad-based two-year course that encourages students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding and critical thinking. Ultimately, the IB Diploma Program leads to a qualification that is widely recognized and respected by the world's leading universities.

The Diploma Program Structure

The course is presented as six academic areas enclosing a central core. 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 IB Diploma Programme provides students with a strong foundation to develop not only their knowledge and skills through inquiry & independent research but also develop strong moral values, that aims to sensitize them towards people with differences and develop in them appreciation and respect for different cultures. To ensure this we initiate continuous and comprehensive assessments, thus arousing in them a quest for becoming lifelong learners and global citizens for a more peaceful world.

IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world.

As IB learners we strive to be:

Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Knowledgeable

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers

We use critical thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice and respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open-minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk-takers

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives - intellectual, physical, and emotional - to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

The curriculum

The students study six subjects, three at the standard level and three at a higher level. Students must choose one subject from each group 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. At MBIS the sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6 or another subject from groups 3 or 4.

The IB Subjects offered at MBIS are:

Group 1 Studies in Language and Literature
English A Language and Literature HL/SL
Group 2 Language Acquisition
Hindi B HL/SL; French B SL; French ab initio SL
Group 3 Individuals and Societies
Business Management HL/SL; Economics HL/SL; Psychology HL/SL; Environmental systems and Societies SL#
Group 4 Sciences
Physics HL/SL; Chemistry HL/SL; Biology HL/SL; Environmental systems and Societies SL#
Group 5 Mathematics
Mathematics HL/ SL, Mathematical Studies SL
Group 6 The Arts
Visual Arts HL/SL

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*Three subjects at 'Higher Level' (HL) and three subjects at 'Standard Level' (SL)

# Environmental systems and Societies SL#- An interdisciplinary subject which can count as a Group 3 or 4 subject.

The Core of the IB

All Diploma Program students participate in the three requirements that make up the core of the program. Reflection on all these activities is a principle that lies at the heart of the thinking behind the Diploma Program.

The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course encourages students to think about the nature of knowledge, to reflect on the process of learning in all the subjects they study as part of their Diploma Program and to make connections across the academic areas.

The Extended Essay (EE) is an in-depth study of a focussed topic. It provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their choice and is intended to promote high level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) involves students in experiential learning through a range of artistic, sporting, physical and service activities.

The DP Study Plan

Aims & Objectives Dip-in IB Diploma Programme:

To expose MBIS students to IB Diploma Programme requirements.

By attending Dip-in IB Programme our students are exposed to the diploma programme requirements approximately 3 to 4 months before any student who is aspiring to join IB Diploma programme in any part of the world. In times of cut-throat competition, to ensure healthy competition we need to get first mover advantage.

There is a big gap between the end of IGCSE Examinations & the beginning of the next academic year, Dip-in IB Programme will bridge this gap in a constructive manner.

To cover each aspect of IBDP including curriculum, assessments, ToK, CAS, Extended Essay and other salient features like IB learner profile, international mindedness and University counselling etc.

To provide students with ample time to make appropriate subject choices.

Grade 11

Students begin their IB classes in Grade 11. They will also begin to work toward their CAS requirement and, in the second semester, begin their TOK course work and Extended Essay. All students are required to meet with the CAS Coordinator periodically throughout the year in order to discuss their CAS program and their progress. Students will also be responsible for arranging to meet with their Extended Essay supervisor on a periodic basis and to adhere to a self-created study plan for the Extended Essay.

IB Program Review

Most students' IB Programs will remain set throughout the senior high school years. However, occasionally an individual program may be changed either when a student, a teacher or an administrator (Principal, IB Coordinator or Counselor) perceives a problem in one or more courses or when a student's work suggests unmanageable difficulties. Normally, this involves a shift in enrollment level but may also require a reconsideration of a student's curriculum program option.

Grade 12

Students will complete their IB Diploma Program in May with the external IB examinations. However, preparation for these exams by no means constitutes the total workload of diploma candidates. The diploma year is a very busy time with oral examinations, internal assessments, TOK essays, Extended Essays, CAS requirements and university applications. It is essential that students carefully manage their time, and avoid taking on too many additional commitments.

Mock Examinations

During the month of February, pre-IB mock examinations are scheduled to provide students familiarity with the exam format and to provide both the teacher and the student with an assessment of the student's strengths and weaknesses.

The Examination Period

IB courses in the examination year conclude with the written examination in May. IB Diploma candidates are not required to attend classes once the IB exams begin. However, teachers are available for consultation throughout the exam period.

Diploma Requirements

IB Diploma
*Awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). All exams are externally graded. For details on the IB Diploma please go to the IBO website
www.ibo.org. Candidates must receive a score of "4" or higher in the HL subjects, and successfully complete all three Core elements.

Upon successful completion of the 2 years of study, and passing all IB exams (3 Higher Level classes %u2013 with an IB grade of 4 or above, and 3 Standard Level classes), completion of TOK, CAS and the EE, students receive the IB Diploma.

IB Course
*The IBO provides students the option of taking individual certificates. Courses are externally graded and the IBO awards an IB Certificate upon successful completion of the individual exam. Students who choose this option are not required to complete the CAS or EE elements.

Students can sit for individual IB exams in subjects of their strength. Upon successful completion of the IB exam in these subjects, students receive certificates for those subjects.

Results

Students can access their IB grades after the first week of July. Official IB transcripts (including legalized copies when required) can be sent directly to universities upon request via the IB Coordinator. Transcripts include enrollment level, the grade awarded, the total point score and completion of the core requirements. IB Diplomas and Certificates are received by the school from the IBO in August and may be picked up from the Diploma Coordinator.

IB Grades

The IB uses a 1 %u2013 7 scoring system. Students sitting six examinations have the possibility of scoring 42 points plus 3 bonus points (through a combination of performance in TOK and on the Extended Essay) making a total of 45 possible diploma points. A total of 24 points usually constitutes the minimum passing condition. However, students must also attain 12 points in their higher level subjects and successfully complete all 3 core elements.

Further Education

Our students after achieving their IB diploma have secured admissions in universities that include

Mumbai University

Kaplan Financial-UK

Rhein Waal University of Applied Science-Germany

Middlesex University

Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts-Pune

Sheridan College-Canada

International Institute for Aerospace Engineering and Management (IIAEM)-Bangalore

Heriot-Watt University-Dubai

Brock University-Canada

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SEGi University

Kota Damansara, Malaysia

Whistling Woods International Film School-Mumbai etc.

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