What is an IB Education?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) was first conceived in the late 1960s by the International School of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland. From its small beginnings the IB has grown steadily; the internationally-acclaimed programme operates in 3 631schools in 146 countries.
The IB programme is a unique because of its academic and personal rigour. We challenge students to excel in their studies and in their personal growth. We aim to inspire a quest for learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy.
The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students with character who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind, are confident in their own identities, make ethical decisions, join with others in celebrating our common humanity and are prepared to apply what they learn in real-world, complex and unpredictable situations.
The IB offers high-quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. Informed by the values described in the learner profile, and IB education:
- focuses on learners - the IB's student-centred programmes promote healthy relationships, ethical responsibility and personal challenge
- develops effective approaches to teaching and learning - IB programmes help students to develop the attitudes and skills they need for both academic and personal success
- works within global contexts - IB programmes increase understanding of languages and cultures, and explore globally significant ideas and issues
- explores significant content - IB programmes offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected.
IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers,communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. These attributes represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.
Who does IB?
IB has international recognition, standing and standards. As a result, its graduates gain preferred status at some of the world's best universities. For students whose families travel and prefer continuity in their education, or those who want to attend a university in a foreign country, IB is an ideal alternative.
IB attracts highly motivated students, stimulated as much by the learning process as the results. IB is for committed, hardworking students with good study skills. Those seeking the ultimate high school learning experience, as well as a diploma representing superior university preparation, will want to enrol in IB.
Why do IB?
- Faculty trained by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
- Exams evaluated by international educators
- Provides rigorous academic preparation for university based on international standards
- Opportunity for advanced standing and course credit in prestigious colleges and universities throughout the world
- Implements a curriculum taught from a global perspective
- Delivers liberal arts curriculum incorporating humanities, mathematics, and sciences
- Designed for the highly motivated student seeking educational challenges
- Students gain a sense of accomplishment in meeting the challenges of an international standard of excellence
Why IB at KCVI?
The IB Programme draws on the full potential of students and provides them with an opportunity for excellence in their high school education.
KCVI maintains an atmosphere of enthusiasm for learning. The staff is prepared to provide students with the services, resources and commitment necessary to facilitate their success in the programme.
The school also provides a wide range of facilities and support services such as:
- Book Room with supplementary IB texts and course materials
- Access to the Queen's University library system
- French Immersion courses