International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations, which prepares students for success at university and life beyond. It is a two-year pre-university course that acts as a passport to universities worldwide. As such, the IB Diploma is the ideal platform from which to launch the higher education of our students. Established in the late 1960s, the Diploma Programme was originally designed to cater for the educational needs of globally mobile students in international schools. It was developed as a deliberate compromise between the specialization required in some national systems and the breadth preferred in others, without bias towards any particular national system.
The general objectives of the IBO are to provide students with a balanced education, to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility, and to promote international understanding through a shared academic experience. From its inception, the development of the IB Diploma Programme is based on three fundamental principles:
• the need for a broad general education, establishing the basic knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary for further study
• the importance of developing international understanding and citizenship for a more peaceful, productive future
• the need for flexibility of choice among the subjects to be studied, within a balanced framework, so that the students’ options could correspond as far as possible to their particular interests and capacities.
In the years since its founding, the Diploma Programme has become a leading, internationally recognized pre-university qualification. Taught to over 1.2 million students in 150 countries, the IB Diploma has become a symbol of academic excellence worldwide.

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IB MISSION STATEMENT

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

All RIS students entering Grade 11 are expected to attempt the full IB diploma. Because it is a highly demanding academic programme, RIS – along with most other IB schools – requires an entry qualification into the IB programme as evidence of the student’s academic ability and potential. To be eligible for the IBDP, students should have passed grade 10/IGCSE/O-Level/IB-MYP. Equivalent qualifications will be required from external applicants joining the school for the IB Diploma and they are assessed individually. Acceptance and continued participation in the IBDP is at the discretion of the IB Coordinator, the IB instructors, and the Head of the school.
There are no universal, formal entry requirements; however, in order to have access to instruction and to the course materials, it is a pre-requisite that a student has competent English skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing. If a student does not have sufficient English skills, then we may require that that he/she take a summer English language course before enrolling in the IB Programme in Grade 11.

WHO OFFERS THE IB DIPLOMA?

Only schools officially approved by the IB Organization are authorized to offer and to present candidates for examinations. There are approximately 3,000 IB world schools in approx. 150 countries that are officially authorized to offer the IB diploma program. Roots International Schools is one of 18 IB world schools in Pakistan.
The International Baccalaureate is based in Geneva, Switzerland, with administrative offices in Bethesda, MD, Buenos Aires, Singapore, and The Hague. The Examinations Office is located in Cardiff, Wales in the UK. Over 1,600 individual examiners worldwide participate in the assessment of student work.

THE IB DIPLOMA CURRICULUM MODEL

We are proud to be able to offer the International Baccalaureate program to the students of Roots International Schools as it fits so well with our own mission. The IB program allows students of RIS to be educated in the same way, with the same expectations as students from all parts of the globe. In this way it unites people from varied cultures and backgrounds and exemplifies a “global” education.
What does the IB Diploma Program curriculum contain?
The curriculum contains six subject groups and a core of three parts.
Students must:
• Take three Higher Level (HL) Courses over a two year period
• Take three Standard Level (SL) Courses over a two year period
• Take a two year course in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
• Write 4000-word Extended Essay (EE) in a subject of their choice
• Undertake a Creativity, Action & Service (CAS) program

The six subject groups represent the major domains of learning across all subject disciplines of a curriculum. At least three, and not more than four of the six subjects selected are taken at higher level (HL), the others at standard level (SL). HL courses represent 240 teaching hours, and require a greater depth of study across a broader range of content in the subject. SL courses require 150 hours and provide breadth of study across the whole Diploma Programme. Within this model, students are able to explore some subjects in depth and some more broadly over the two-year period.

THE IB MARKING SYSTEM

The grading scheme in use for IB examinations is from 1 to 7 and is described as follows:

  • 7: excellent, 6: very good , 5: good,4: satisfactory,3: mediocre,2: poor,1: very poor

In many subjects, a part of the Programme ranging from 20 to 30% may be assessed by the subject teacher. This assessment is externally moderated by IB examiners and marks may be adjusted. Subjects points are 42 and TOK .EE points are 3, which makes total of 45 points.

SUBJECTS OFFERING AT RIS:

Group 1 Studies in Language and Literature
·    English A: Language and Literature
·    English A: Literature
HL and SL
Group 2 Language Acquisition
·         German ab initio SL
Group 3 Individuals and Societies
·         Business and Management
·         Economics
·         Information technology in a global society
HL and SL
Group 4 Sciences
·         Biology
·         Chemistry
·         Physics
·         Environmental systems and societies
HL and SL
Group 5 Mathematics
·         Mathematical Studies
·         Mathematics Standard
·         Mathematics Higher
SL
SL
HL

For further information on the program
You may contact our
IBPYP coordinator: Ghania Arsalan
Email: ghania.arsalan@rootsinternational.edu.pk
PLOT#66,STREET-7 , Wellington Campus  H-8, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Phone:+92 51 8439033-39
Tel: 051-8439001-7
UAN: 111 724 111 149

For further information on the program
You may contact our
IBPYP coordinator: NAILA SHAHID
Email: naila.shahid@rootsinternational.edu.pk
144 B, DHA Phase-XII, Lahore (IBPYP Candidate School)
Phone:+92-423-7512526 (26-30)
UAN: 111 724 111 149

IBDP coordinator: Ms. Syeda Sada Afaq
Email: sada.afaq@rootsinternational.edu.pk
Tel: 051-8439033-39
UAN: 111 724 111 149