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IB DP

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year educational programme primarily aimed at students aged 16–19.
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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is respected by leading universities across the globe.

Through the DP, schools are able to develop students who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • study at least two languages
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course.

The IB makes the claim that:

"DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them, according to one study".

No evidence is presented in this regard - at least on the IB web site or that we could find, however there is no doubt with more subjects studied over a shorter period of time than its peer, the A' Level, IB students do need to plan their time very, very effectively.

The DP is preceded by the IB’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP).

"The three programmes are philosophically aligned, each centred on developing attributes of the IB learner profile. The programmes are consistent in their pedagogical approach."

Despite this many schools follow the IB at Diploma level do not follow the IB MYP - but instead opt for GCSE.

There are a number of reasons for this. IB requires strong teachers - it is almost entirely dependant on what your school and teachers put into it compared to the GCSE which is considerably more perscriptive in terms of syllabus and methodologies of delivery. Most importantly however there is no paper-based assesment - the MYP does not end in a recognized qualification, while GCSE does. 

In fact for some universities internationally, including the US, GCSE is sufficient for entrance, while the IB MYP would not be. 

At least partially because of this many international schools opt for the GCSE up to 16 and then the IB DP from post 16 education.

26 Singapore Schools offering IB DP

School name Community District
Anglo-Chinese School (International) Holland Village Singapore Central
Australian International School (AIS) Serangoon Singapore North East
Canadian International School (Lakeside) Jurong Singapore West
Cedar Girls’ Secondary School Toa Payoh Singapore Central
Chatsworth International School (Bukit Timah) Bukit Timah Singapore Central
Dover Court Queenstown Singapore Central
Dulwich College (Singapore) Jurong Singapore West
EtonHouse International School (Orchard) Holland Village Singapore Central
GEMS World Academy (Singapore) Yishun & Sembawang Singapore North
GESS Bukit Timah Singapore Central
GIIS SMART Campus Serangoon Singapore North East
Hillside World Academy (HWA) Serangoon Singapore North East
Hwa Chong International School (HCIS) Bukit Timah Singapore Central
ISS International School (Preston) Tanglin Singapore Central
Nexus International School (Singapore) Toa Payoh Singapore Central
NPS International School Bedok Singapore East
One World International School (Nanyang) Jurong Singapore West
Overseas Family School Tampines and Pasir Ris Singapore East
School of the Arts (Singapore) Museum & Rochor Singapore Central
Singapore Sports School Woodlands Singapore North
St Francis Methodist School Bukit Panjang Singapore West
St. Joseph's Institution International Toa Payoh Singapore Central
Stamford American International School Toa Payoh Singapore Central
Tanglin Trust School Queenstown Singapore Central
UWC South East Asia (Dover Campus) Queenstown Singapore Central
UWC South East Asia (East Campus) Tampines and Pasir Ris Singapore East

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