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IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME AT ST. GEORGE'S

25 April 2019


“Our Senior School includes the four final years of secondary education. From Year 10 to Year 13, our students are offered multiple opportunities to fulfill their individual potential and develop their talents academically and beyond.

The breadth of the curriculum endeavours to provide stimulating and challenging learning opportunities which encourage collaboration, intellectual curiosity and critical thinking. Our aspirational and internationally minded students are enquirers and self-reflected individuals who develop skills and attitudes that equip them for success in their future.”

Mrs Bodenmann
Deputy Head and Academic Dean

Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) has developed four different educational programmes. The IB Diploma Programme is the last of these and is a challenging two-year curriculum aimed at students aged 16 to 19. This IB qualification is welcomed by leading universities around the world.

The IB Learner Profile was developed from the IBO Mission Statement. It describes the ideal character of an IB student. IB Diploma students are encouraged to be Inquirers, Thinkers, Communicators, Risk-takers, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Knowledgeable, Balanced and Reflective.

IB Diploma Programme at St. George’s

The IB Diploma students develop their academic and personal strengths by:

  • asking challenging questions
  • learning how to learn
  • developing a strong sense of their own identity and culture
  • building communication skills and understanding of other cultures

IB Diploma students are active, compassionate and lifelong learners. They will exhibit all of these characteristics at some stage during their education. The consequence of this is that IB students are better prepared for further study and diverse career paths.

How are students assessed?  The IB Diploma is granted through formal assessment. This includes external examinations taken in all subjects in May of Year 13, as well as internal assessment conducted throughout the programme.

Each subject is graded on a scale of 7 (maximum) to 1 (minimum). This gives a total raw points score maximum of 42 points.

In order to obtain the Diploma, students must meet defined standards and conditions including a minimum total of 24 points and satisfactory completion of the three Core Diploma requirements which are

  1. Theory of Knowledge
  2. Creativity, Action, Service
  3. Extended Essay

For more information about the IB Diploma Programme curriculum, please refer to https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/

Successful IB Results over the years

In 2018, 31 students took the IB Diploma exams and we are very pleased to report a 97% pass rate. Of the students who have been at St. George’s for 10 or more years, the IB Diploma average is an outstanding 39.4 points. Of the students who have been at St. George’s for 4 or more years, the IB Diploma average is 34.1 points. The overall average is 33.2 points with 39% of our students achieving 35 points or more.

Topping this successful year, one student achieved the maximum 45 points and is currently pursuing his studies at Imperial College in London.

Gaining a full IB Diploma is a huge achievement, it requires dedicated students and excellent teaching.

 

 

 

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