The country has witnessed mushrooming of IB schools in many major cities in the past decade or so. From only 11 schools in the year 2003, the number of IB (International Baccalaureate) schools in the country had grown to 107 by the year 2013. Apart from the IB schools, a number of International school programs have also made their way in to the country with the parents taking special interest in them too. At present, there are over 500 schools in India that are affiliated to foreign school boards. The state of Maharashtra leads in the number of IB schools as well as the number of schools affiliated to the International boards.
One of the major reasons behind the growing popularity of these schools is the perception that such schools encourage free thinking and creativity in the students, the traits which are necessary for success in today's world. If you are also thinking on similar lines and wish to admit your kid in an IB school, we have assembled everything that you needed to know about them right here.
The IB education foundation came up in Geneva in the year 1968. The board offers 3 different education programs, viz. PYP (Primary Year Program) from KG to 5th class, MYP (Middle Year Program) from 6th class to 10th class and DP (Diploma Program) for classes 11th and class 12th. As of now, about 3500 IB schools are operating worldwide with close to 130 of them in India.
Here are some of the pros attached to the IB board schools
"· Most of the leading Universities across the world duly recognize the IB schools degree.
"· A number of foreign Universities do not give admission to students from CBSE and ICSE schools, but welcome students from the IB schools.
"· International Organizations such as the UNESCO, Council of Europe and OIF (Organization Internationale de la Francophonie) also recognize the IB schools degree.
"· IB schools boast of best in the class infrastructure.
"· The IB schools follow a curriculum based on the spirit of experiments and application
"· It is ideally suited for the kids of NRI parents or in case the parents are looking to move abroad.
Some cons of the IB schools are enlisted here
"· Most IB schools charge a fee higher than CBSE or ICSE schools.
"· As of now, only the Tier 1 Indian cities have these schools.
"· If the student needs to make a shift to some other school under some other board, the student may have certain issues due to a different syllabus and approach in the classroom.
"· The books and tuition classes for IB students aren't freely available in the market.