Thursday, September 23, 2010

What is the International Baccalaureate System Pathways World School follow?

IB is the abbreviation for International Baccalaureate. Schools recognised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation and offering the IB curriculum are known as IB World Schools.

Currently, there are 70 IB World Schools in India offering one or more of the three IB programmes. 19 schools offer the Primary Years Programme , 7 schools offer the Middle Years Programme and 66 schools offer the Diploma Programme. The first school was authorized in 1976.

IB is an internationally-recognised school system made up of three educational programmes:

i. PYP: The Primary Years Programme (Kindergarten to Class 5).

ii. MYP: The Middle Years Programme (Class 6 to Class 10).

iii. DP: The Diploma Programme (Class 11 to Class 12).

What are the subjects in PYP?

Subjects in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) are:

1. Language

2. Social Studies

3. Mathematics

4. Science and Technology

5. Arts

6. Personal, Social and Physical education

What are the subjects in MYP?

Subjects in the Middle Years Programme (MYP) are:

1. 1st Language

2. 2nd Language

3. Humanities (History and Geography)

4. Sciences (Biology, Chemistry & Physics)

5. Mathematics (Number, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, and Discrete Mathematics)

6. Arts (Visual Arts and Performing Arts)

7. Physical Education

8. Technology (Computers)

What are the subjects in DP?

DP students choose one subject from each of the following six ‘Subject Groups’:

Group 1: First Language (English)

Group 2: Second Language (French, Hindi, etc).

Group 3: Individuals and Societies (History, Economics, Business and Management, etc).

Group 4: Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Systems).

Group 5: Mathematics and Computer Science.

Group 6: Electives (either Visual Arts or a second subject from Groups 3, 4 or 5).

In addition, all DP students must study a two-year course called Theory of Knowledge (TOK); work to produce an Extended Essay (EE); and engage in Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS).

What are TOK, EE and CAS?

Theory of Knowledge is an essay of 1,200-1,600 words written on a given title (from a choice of ten), followed by a ten-minute presentation of the essay by the DP student in class.

Extended Essay is an original independent research leading a DP student to produce a comprehensible written piece of 3,500-4,000 words in any chosen subject and title.

Under Creative, Action and Service, each DP student must complete at least 150 hours spread out over one-and-a-half years, engaging in some form of Creativity, participating in sport or other physical Action, and doing social Service.

Pathways World School is one of the best International Schools in India. Visit the site for more details: http://pathways.in/

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