|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Already in Tbilisi|
|May 04, 2010|
Georgian Leading Private School European School Became an Authorized International Baccalaureate World School
What is IBO?
The IB is a recognized leader in the field of international education, which offers high quality programmes of international education to a worldwide community of schools. It was founded in 1968 by a group of talented, forward-thinking teachers at the International School of Geneva.
First they created the IB Diploma Programme for internationally mobile students preparing for university, has today grown into three programmes for students aged 3 to 19. IB programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. There are more than 796,000 IB students at 2,883 schools in 138 countries.
The International Baccalaureate 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 organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
Schools that have been authorized by IBO to offer one or more of our programmes are known as "IB World Schools". European School in Tbilisi is the IB World School, which has been authorized since December 9, 2009. IB schools share the mission and commitment of the IB to quality international education and their knowledge and experience in the development of the IB programmes, play an active and supporting role in the worldwide community of IB schools and are committed to the professional development of teachers.
The IB Learner profile
The aim of all IB programs is to develop internationally minded people – a member of the world community who help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB students strive to be:
They constantly show interest and try to satisfy their natural curiosity. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
They are always in a research process. They acquire in-depth knowledge in a wide range of disciplines. They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problem. And make reasoned, ethical decision.
They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
They act with integrity and honesty. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.
They show empathy, compassion, respect towards the needs and feelings of others.
They are never confused in different situations. They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and confidence.
They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
They are able to assess and understand their strength and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
What is IB Diploma Program?
IBDP is a unique, demanding two-year pre-university curriculum for students aged 16 to 19 that meets the needs of highly motivated students, and leads to a qualification that is recognized by leading universities around the world.
IB Diploma Programme students study six courses at higher level or standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics.
The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 3 to 5.
Students make their subject choice considering their future career and the university requirements where they are intend to study at.
European School offers following subjects:
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 essay (EE) 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. EE must be about 4000 words. This work is examined and marked by external IB experts and examiners.
Theory of knowledge (TOK) 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). In their second year students must write an essay which will be examined and marked by external IB experts and examiners.
Creativity, action, service (CAS) 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. These are the compulsory activities which are absolutely necessary for obtaining diploma.
After completing all the above mentioned tasks and courses IB examination commission adds up students’ points and accordingly awards diplomas. Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.
The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points. Each subject is marked by 7 point system. The number of desired points is determined according to the requirements of the universities students intend to continue their studies at. The most prestigious universities in the world require a 38 point IBDP diploma.
European School – Leading Georgian School
European School was founded in 2007 and it holds a state certificate. The school has its own premises and the territory is protected. The School is staffed by qualified pedagogical personnel, among them – 12 doctors of science, 7 – professors, 17 authors and co-authors of schoolbooks, 12 instructors (in contemporary teaching methods). European School adheres to the national study plan approved by the Ministry of Education and Science. It provides additional sessions for drawing, art history, piano and guitar. There are choreographic, theatrical and TV studios. Foreign languages: French, German, Russian, English are taught with an active involvement of native speaker teachers facilitating the lessons and club activities. Students undergo language training - Language study courses abroad - in the UK and Germany. There are five sports halls, among which three indoor gyms. Various sports trainings (chess, table tennis, tennis, basketball, football, karate) are held in the school. School Psychologist, Pediatrician and Speech and Language Therapist are available for school pupils.
European School operates a cable TV channel functioning by means of 102 TV monitors. Informative, cognitive, scientific-educational programs are broadcast, sport games are broadcast live. Informative-technological service equipped with up to a hundred personal computers, a specially designed study program enabling a possibility to further widen access to quality computer education and to start teaching computer basics as early as kindergarten. The school web-site enables parents to interact with the school. Also, it is possible to get full information about their children’s progress in academic assessment and creative success via an electronic diary and by special number of mobile operator. 500-seat dining room provides pupils and the school’s employees with free meals. The school provides transportation service to its pupils and teachers. No more than 12 pupils per class. Preschool Education Centre is opened to children from age 3.
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