IBDP Programme at Candor International School


Candor Vision Statement

Candor International School aims, to nurture lifelong learners, who, through respect and intercultural understanding, technology, creativity, collaboration and an active engagement in community service and humanitarian activities, become citizens of the world to contribute, and make a difference, to their generation.

Candor is an authorized IB world school that offers the Diploma Programme. The school has been designed to ensure an effective Diploma Programme with potential for meaningful community service projects. The Candor organic farm provides opportunities for environmental science and other IB projects and CAS. Dedicated, competent and IB DP experienced teachers offer several courses to students from many nationalities.

It also integrates Pre-SAT and SAT preparations for high school students through a College Advisory Service and a well- experienced in- house college counselor who interacts with students and parents.

Mission statement of the International Baccalaureate (IB)

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.

The curriculum

IBDP students must choose one subject from each of five groups (1 to 6), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics. Student may choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5. At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at higher level (240 teaching hours), while the other subjects are taken at standard level (150 teaching hours). Students can study and take examinations, in English, French or Spanish.

In addition to disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the Diploma Programme features three core elements that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

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The Diploma Programme core

 The extended essay asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying.

 Theory of knowledge develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. This course on critical thinking, inquiries into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.

 Creativity, action, service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self- discovery.

Assessment

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete internal assessment tasks in school. These are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on theory of knowledge and the extended essay. Minimum of 24 points must be gained to be award the IB diploma, this being 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.

Standard Level and Higher Level

Standard level (SL) courses require rigorous study leading to a breadth of knowledge; Higher level (HL courses require intensive study leading to mastery. All students in the IB Diploma Programme take a combination of SL and HL courses.

Candor offers the following Diploma courses

Group 1: studies in language and literature

Language A: literature (SL/HL): literature course introduces students to the analysis of literary texts. The course is organized into four parts, each focused on a group of literary works.

Language A: language and literature (SL/HL): The language A: language and literature course introduces the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a wide range of literary and non- literary genres.

Group 2: language acquisition

Language ab initio courses are for beginners (that is, students who have little or no previous experience of learning the language they have chosen).

Language B courses are intended for students who have had some previous experience of learning the language.

Group 3: Individuals and societies

Business and management (SL/HL): The Diploma Programme Business and Management course is designed to develop an understanding of business theory, as well as an ability to apply business principles, practices and skills.

Economics: The course emphasizes the economic theories of microeconomics, which deal with economic variables affecting individuals, firms and markets, and the economic theories of macro-economics, which deal with economic variables affecting countries, governments and societies.

Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) (SL/HL): The ITGS framework is modelle ‘triangle’. It uses an integrated approach, encouraging students to make informed judgments and decisions about the role of information and communication technologies in contemporary society.

Psychology (SL/HL): The IB Diploma Programme psychology course is the systematic study of behavior and mental processes. The psychology course examines the interaction of biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behavior.

Group 4: Experimental sciences

Biology (SL/HL), Chemistry (SL/HL), Physics (SL/HL): Through studying biology, chemistry and physics, students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. There is an emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work.

Environmental systems and societies: Through studying environmental systems and societies (ES&S students will be provided with a coherent perspective of the interrelationships between environmental systems and societies; one that enables them to adopt an informed personal response to the wide range of pressing environmental issues that they will inevitably come to face.

Group 5: Mathematics and computer science

Mathematics (Studies/SL/HL): These courses are designed for different types of students: those who wish to study mathematics in depth, either as a subject in its own right or to pursue their interests in areas related to mathematics; those who wish to gain a degree of understanding and competence better to understand their approach to other subjects; and those who may not as yet be aware how mathematics may be relevant to their studies and in their daily lives.

Why do Universities value IB Students?

IB students are prepared for academic success.

 IB students are more likely than others to enroll in and graduate from selective higher education institutions.
 Based on their experiences, IB students possess a broader range of skills that enhance their ability to adapt and contribute to university life.
 IB students demonstrate a level of emotional and intellectual maturity for managing the demands of challenging coursework and make meaningful contributions.
 They have extensive experience doing independent research and presenting what they have learned through presentations, papers and other projects
 They think critically and draw on diverse perspectives that reflect an international outlook.

Participation in the IB Diploma Programme shows that students have excelled in multiple and diverse academic challenges and is a strong predictor for success in university.

IB Diploma Programme: A Strong Predictor of Success in University

Universities around the world say IB students are ‘Well Prepared’: In a survey of 150 university faculty and admissions staff from the UK, the IB Diploma programme was rated higher than other qualifications based on the breadth of the curriculum; development of critical thinking, time management and communication skills; and motivation of the students.

 97% were satisfied the Diploma Programme prepares students for university
 96% favored a broad curriculum of the type IB offers
 57% felt the Diploma Programme offers an advantage to students as preparation for higher learning.

Similarly, a survey of 160 university faculty and admissions staff from Australia and New Zealand showed that 77% of respondents indicated that the IB Diploma Programme prepares students well for university.