Your Child’s Personality Development with IBDP


IB (International Baccalaureate), initially known as International Baccalaureate Organization is a non-profit foundation founded in 1968 and headquartered in Geneva, offers a continuum of international education through four challenging high-quality international education programs in more than 160 countries and catering to 1.95 million students aged 3 to 19 years across the globe.

  • IB Primary Years Program (PYP) – for students between the ages of 3 and 12 years
  • IB Middle Years Program (MYP) for students between the age of 11 and 16 years
  • IB Diploma Program (IBDP) – for students between the age of 16 and 19 years
  • IB Career-Related Program – for students between the age of 15 and 19 years


This board does not have any formal examinations. Certificates are issued to students who fulfill their standards at different levels. Also, there are no prescribed textbooks nor there is a curriculum. Hence present is the flexibility for the teachers to personalize it and make the teachings for each concept as per the requirements of the students. The advantage lies in increasing creativity and imaginative skills to maximize the learning outcomes. After completing the diploma programs, the students can look forward to getting admission to universities and completing their graduation.

The IB Mission statement is “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect”.

The CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) is one of the three essential elements that every student of the IB Diploma Program (IBDP) has, This element involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies.


Structure of CAS

The three components of CAS, which are interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows:

  • Creativity: Arts and other experiences that involve creative thinking
  • Activity: Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work
  • Service: An unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit

The project challenges the students to

  • Show initiative
  • Demonstrate perseverance
  • Develop skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, and decision making

Not only the CAS adds to the resume of a student, but it also builds healthy competition between students. The CAS submissions require a log of hours and supervision from an authorized supervisor. More importantly than hours, the IB checks if the student is meeting these criteria

  • Investigation: Identifying his interests, skills, and talents and how he can use them for the CAS project. Also, the investigation involves scouting the areas for volunteering opportunities.
  • Preparation: Creating a plan made for the investigation, searching for the required resources needed for the plan, gaining any knowledge and other skills to execute the plan
  • Action: This step demonstrates decision-making and critical thinking, such as having a plan B in case the original plan has some hiccups or does not work for some reason. Accounting for mishaps and situations out of one’s control is something that IB looks for in CAS submissions.
  • Reflection: After the completion of the project, the student should be able to reflect on his work, what he could have done better, and how he could have improved the overall CAS experience
  • Demonstration: Recording logs and documents are submitted to a CAS portfolio. This portfolio should contain the student’s reflections and notes from the supervisor.

All these criteria are beyond the scope of academic learning and are important in building the personality development of the student. Even after the IB course is done and dusted, the experience of the CAS project sustains.

The Extended Essay component that is mandatory for every IB Diploma program student is a direct reflection on how IB helps students’ curiosity. The EE is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4000-word paper. The student needs to choose a topic of his choice which relates to one of the six DP subject groups or takes an interdisciplinary approach of a World Studies Extended Essay. He is supported throughout the research and writing the EE with advice and guidance from a supervisor. The student also has 3 mandatory reflection sessions with his supervisor. These reflection sessions prove a valuable stimulus for the discussion interviews before employment or for a place at the university.


Internal Assessment (IA)

A component of the IB curriculum is its internal assessments and at least 20% to 30% weightage is given to the non-written part of the subject. The IA can be in the form of a paper, project, oral exam, workbook, or a series of experiments.

  •  Artistic performance and portfolios
  •  Fieldwork in Geography
  •  Investigations in Mathematics
  •  Laboratory work in sciences
  •  Oral Work in Languages

In the bargain, the student displays his communication skills, ventures, and develops his connection with the respective language and its cultural aspect. With science experiments, the student is able to apply this knowledge to produce meaningful hypotheses and research papers. In humanities, the student goes further surveying human behavior and human interactions in the environment.

The fact that these parameters are graded allows the student to do more than study through rote memorization.

The aim of all the IB programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and peaceful world. The IB learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.

As an IB learner, the student strives to be

  • Inquirer: Nurture curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. He knows how to learn independently and in groups and sustains the love of learning
  • Knowledgeable: Develop and use the conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines
  • Thinker: Use creative and critical thinking to analyze and take responsible action for a complex issue
  • Communications: Express confidently and creatively
  • Principled: Act with integrity and honesty
  • Open-minded: Appreciate his cultures and histories and well as the values and traditions of others
  • Caring: Show empathy, compassion, and respect
  • Risk-takers: Approach uncertainty with forethought and determination
  • Balanced: Understand the importance of balancing the different aspects of life-intellectual, physical, and emotional
  • Reflective: Work to understand his strengths and weaknesses in order to support his learning and personal development

The end result is that the student comes out not just as a mere well-read individual, but as a person who is evolved with education.


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What skills does IB develop?

IB students develop solid academic, social, and emotional skills.

How does IB help you in the future?

The programmes can give children a competitive edge, aiding in their entrance to the colleges and careers of their choosing, facilitating a seamless transfer to college, and eventually improving their performance once they have graduated.

Do IB students have an advantage?

In the academic period, an IB student develops some skills. Those skills are interactiveness, emotional stability, and enhance cognitive skills. Thus, it is considered, that IB students perform well and have an advantage.


Why is IB so special?

IB students have well-developed critical thinking abilities, communication skills, study skills, and an enhanced capacity to adapt and contribute to university life as a result of their experience in a demanding and well-balanced programme.

Is IB the toughest?

The IB is far more difficult than A-levels. In comparison to the three courses students study for A-levels, IB students are required to take six subjects plus two electives.

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