About IB

What is IB?

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a non-profit educational organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. The IBO is an international organization, not associated with any particular country and free of any national, political or educational agendas. The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. The three programs 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 12,36,000 IB students at 3,955 schools in 147 countries.

What is an IB – PYP School?

Regardless of location, size, or make-up, an IB PYP school strives to develop an internationally minded person.
The mission of the IBO:

  • To develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people.
  • To create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
  • To work with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.
  • To encourage students worldwide to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

How is IB different from CBSE & ICSE?

  • CBSE & ICSE syllabus is approached in a theoretical manner and true emphasis is not laid on real life concepts behind the science. In IB more focus is laid on practical application of concepts in the form of regular projects.
  • IB is more challenging than CBSE & ICSE with regular quizzes, assignments and projects that keep the child immersed and busy through the year.

What does it mean to be “internationally minded”?

It is a thoughtful, critical perspective that applies to who we are and what we do. It includes how we communicate, our political awareness, cultural understanding, celebrating diversity, global awareness of global issues, and a reflection on how knowledge is constructed and applied.

How are the subjects taught?

The subjects are taught in an integrated way to avoid fragmented approach. IB has a different approach compared to other boards where in resource and reference books are used, students are free to explore the world.

Six Trans disciplinary themes provide the framework for exploration and construction of knowledge. Teachers and students are guided by these Trans disciplinary themes—as they design units of inquiry for exploration and study. Through this process, students develop an understanding of important concepts, acquire essential skills and knowledge, develop particular attitudes and learn to take socially responsible action.

 What does “Transdisciplinary” mean?

Transdisciplinary is the word that IB uses to describe a discipline that applies across all disciplines—it is interconnected and can be applied across all subjects and applied to real life. A Transdisciplinary concept stretches across math, science, English, geography and ties it all together; it is not isolated to one subject. For example, the idea of change affects math, science, English, geography—the IB PYP strives to demonstrate this through learning, giving understanding to a real life world.

Is IB recognized in India and World?

The rigor and high standards of the IBDP ensure that colleges and universities around the world recognize the IB Diploma as a superior academic program and a strong university - entry credential. The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) rates the IB Diploma at par with Class 12 CBSE, ICSE, NIOS or State Boards. Many educational institutions and colleges have published their policies and entry criteria for IB students on their websites. For example, Delhi University colleges have specified their conditions for entry of IB students. The information is also available on the IBO website www.ibo.org
Universities in over 110 countries recognize the IB Diploma and it will allow entrance to the most competitive universities around the world. The university admission authorities recognize the academic rigor of the IB.
Successful IB Diploma students may be offered credit (particularly for Higher Level courses and TOK) for first year university courses in Canadian and American Universities overseas.

Why should I select IB for my child?

  • IB main focus is on 'how to learn' than 'what to learn'. Students from IB have a slight advantage in exams like CAT, SAT and GRE because of their better analytical skills.
  • The IB program has earned universal reputation for rigorous assessment, giving students access to the top colleges and universities in India and the world. IB is fast becoming the program of choice for Indian students preparing to pursue higher education abroad.
  • The IB curriculum equips students with the tools needed to succeed in higher education, such as self-confidence, preparedness, research skills, organizational skills and being actively engaged in self learning.
  • IB tests and enhances a student’s knowledge rather than their memory and speed.

Can students from silver oaks IB-PYP programme join CBSE schools if they transfer to places/locations where IB programme is not available?

Yes. We have done extensive research and created a program which produces above and far better results/outcomes expected of NCF  (National Curriculum Framework) and/or CBSE.

What does that mean at Silver Oaks?

It means our acorns are taught WHY they should know something and HOW it connects to other subjects and the real world. It results in high quality teaching and learning – challenging instruction and worldwide knowledge “at home”.