What Is International Baccalaureate (IB) And Why It’s The Emerging Trend For Your Child’s Education?


According to an IBO report, 78.7% of students with IB diplomas are accepted by universities in the top 100 universities that is mentioned by one of the most prestigious university ranking systems such as QS Universities Rankings, Times Higher Education …

So what is the IB program? What are the benefits of IB diploma? Let’s join Everest Education (“E2”) find out more below.

What is the IB Program?

International Baccalaureate (IB) is a worldwide, nonprofit education program founded to give all students the opportunity to receive an education fit for a globalizing world. There are four IB education programs. High school students will mostly be concerned with the IB Diploma Program (DP) and the Career-related Program (CP), which consist of six main subjects. The IB programs focus on fostering critical thinking and building problem-solving skills while encouraging diversity, international mindedness, curiosity, and a healthy appetite for learning and excellence.

International Baccalaureate

What is the structure of the IB program?

Students must choose 3 Higher Level subjects and 3 Standard Level subjects from each of the 6 compulsory core areas: Language & Literature, Language Acquisition, Sciences, Maths, Social Sciences, and the Arts.

They must also complete additional components of the course. This includes a Theory of Knowledge module, which promotes critical thinking, as well as participating in at least 3 hours-worth of arts, sport or community service activities as part of their Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) module. They must also complete an Extended Essay, an independently researched 4,000-word essay on a topic of their choice.

When your child can start IB? And Why choose IB?

The IB program has 3 levels:

  • The IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) is for students grades Kindergarten to Fifth grade.
  • The IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) is for students between the ages of 11 to 16 years old. Middle Year Programme is intended to prepare students for the two-year IB Diploma Programme.
  • The IB Diploma Program is for students from 16 – 19 years old. The IB diploma offers a well-rounded education. This makes the course particularly suited to students who are interested in a broad range of subjects but haven’t chosen what they would like to study at degree level yet.

What are the benefits of earning an IB Diploma?

  • The essay and Theory of Knowledge components of the IB program also provide ideal preparation for university education, giving students a solid grounding in critical thinking independent research skills which helps them make a smooth transition into higher education. Studies have found that IB students are more likely to attend college and feel more prepared to succeed and excel in their studies than students who do not participate in IB.
  • Earn college credit in high school. College courses are expensive and time-consuming, so the ability to earn credit while in high school can be extremely valuable.
  • Get into top-ranked universities. According to an IBO report, 78.7% of students with IB diplomas are accepted by universities in the top 100 universities that are mentioned by one of the most prestigious university ranking systems such as QS Universities Rankings, Times Higher Education …

“Regarding holistic development, the IB is the most comprehensive, because it’s an entire curriculum. It does not just focus on individual subjects but offers a framework for different subject groups and extra components like Theory Of Knowledge (a philosophy course), the Extended Essay (a large research paper in the style of a thesis), and the Community Service hours requirement.”

Mrs. Shannon Rybacki,

Chief Operation Officer at Everest Education, holds a B.A. in Education and an Executive MBA. She has 15 years working in education, over 14 years living in Vietnam, was an IB program student.

Find an IB School in HCMC*

  • American International School (AISVN)
  • Australian International School (AIS)
  • British International School (BIS)
  • European International School (EIS)
  • International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC)
  • Renaissance International School
  • Saigon South International School (SSIS)
  • The Canadian International School (CIS)
  • International Schools of North America (SNA)
  • Western Australian International School System (WASS)
  • International German School Ho Chi Minh City (IGS)

*Please note that the above are the schools that offer the IB program and have been officially recognized on the website of the International Baccalaureate. Some other schools in the process of applying for the teaching license will not be included in the list.

>>> At E2, we offer tutoring program offers customizable curriculum and personal mentorship for students who are studying IB program. Learn more at here.






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