Our 10th Grade daughter is at the point where she needs to decide what she is going to be studying next year. We're at an international school which offers both AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate). For me, this is the first time in my 22 years of international education that I have been at a school that offers AP, as one of the criteria I've used in trying to decide which school to work in has been that the school is an IB World School, offering all 3 IB programmes (PYP, MYP and IB). In part this is because I have taught all 3 programmes therefore I am more employable if I target IB schools, in part this is because I have always believed the IB is the best qualification in the world for 18 year olds and the best preparation for university as well as for life. I love the philosophy of the IB, which aims to create a better world. The IB mission statement is as follows:
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.