Over the past 50 years the IB Diploma has become THE most popular international school diploma, but why? There are many reasons for its popularity, here a just a few:

Access to Top Universities

The IB Diploma is an internationally recognized pre-university program for students seeking a broad and challenging curriculum. But did you know a study by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) showed that IB Diploma graduates are more likely to attend one of the UK’s top 20 universities? Similarly, IB graduates are over 20% more likely to be admitted into 10 of the US’s most prestigious universities.

It’s Challenging

The IB is extremely academically rigorous, and allows students to really open up and push beyond their limits. Not only will your child develop in depth subject knowledge, they will gain independent study skills, and develop highly valued workplace skills. Stepping up to the challenge of the IB Diploma is a hugely rewarding experience for most students.

While other courses such as A-levels also develop in-depth subject knowledge, the IBDP scores much more highly on factors such as, encouraging independent thought, and development of self-management skills.

Cultural Awareness

For over 50 years the core ethos of the International Baccalaureate has been focused on nurturing global citizens that understand and appreciate cultures other than their own. At CIS, students engage in discussion of international affairs and world issues with their teachers and peers. This outward looking and international mindset is highly prized by universities and employers worldwide. 

Independent Thought

One of the IB core components, the Extended Essay, is an independent piece of research related to one of your child’s chosen subjects. Learning to work without direct instruction, developing time management and independent research skills are all crucial to IB success. This style of teaching encourages original thought, and produces learners that are confident in expressing their views and willing to listen to others. 

New experiences

Another IB core component, Creativity, Activity and Service, promotes an ethos of service, while allowing students the freedom to forge their own path, this could be to lead a project, volunteer, or participate in co-curricular activities.  CAS requires your child to be self-motivated and work in collaboration with others, which in turn, fosters a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from their work. 

Learn more about IB Diploma at CIS.