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:
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.
|Abu Dhabi International School||Al Rowda||Abu Dhabi|
|Abu Dhabi International School MBZ branch||Mohammed Bin Zayed City||Abu Dhabi|
|Al Bateen Academy||Al Manaseer||Abu Dhabi|
|Al Najah Private School||Mohammed Bin Zayed City||Abu Dhabi|
|American Community School Abu Dhabi||Khalidiya||Abu Dhabi|
|American International School Abu Dhabi||Al Reehan||Abu Dhabi|
|Australian International School Dubai||Al Barsha South||Dubai|
|Australian International School Sharjah||Muweileh||Sharjah|
|Australian School of Abu Dhabi||Shakhbout City||Abu Dhabi|
|British International School Abu Dhabi||Shakhbout City||Abu Dhabi|
|Collegiate American School||Umm Suqeim 2||Dubai|
|Dar Al Marefa||Mirdif||Dubai|
|Deira International School||Festival City||Dubai|
|Dubai International Academy||Emirates Hills||Dubai|
|Dubai International Academy Al Barsha||Al Barsha 1||Dubai|
|Dunecrest American School||Al Barari||Dubai|
|Dwight School Dubai||Al Barsha South||Dubai|
|Emirates International School Jumeirah||Umm Suqeim||Dubai|
|Emirates International School Meadows||The Meadows||Dubai|
|Emirates National School Al Ain||Towaya||Abu Dhabi|
|Emirates National School Al Nahyan (Secondary)||Al Nahyan||Abu Dhabi|
|Emirates National School Mohammed Bin Zayed City||Mohammed Bin Zayed City||Abu Dhabi|
|Fairgreen International School||The Sustainable City Dubai||Dubai|
|GEMS American Academy||Khalifa City A||Abu Dhabi|
|GEMS Dubai American Academy||Al Barsha||Dubai|
|GEMS International School Al Khail||Al Khail||Dubai|
|GEMS Modern Academy||Nad al Sheba||Dubai|
|GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis||Dubai Silicon Oasis||Dubai|
|GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai||Al Sufouh||Dubai|
|GEMS World Academy Dubai||Al Barsha||Dubai|
|Global Indian International School Dubai||Al Barsha South||Dubai|
|Greenfield International School||Dubai Investments Park||Dubai|
|Jumeira Baccalaureate School||Jumeirah 1||Dubai|
|Jumeirah English Speaking School Arabian Ranches||Arabian Ranches||Dubai|
|Nord Anglia International School Dubai||Al Barsha||Dubai|
|North London Collegiate School Dubai||Sobha Hartland||Dubai|
|Raffles World Academy||Umm Suqeim||Dubai|
|Raha International School, Gardens, Abu Dhabi||Khalifa City A||Abu Dhabi|
|Raha International School, Khalifa City||Khalifa City||Abu Dhabi|
|RAK Academy||Dafan Al Khor||Ras al-Khaimah|
|Repton (Fry Campus), Junior & Senior School, Abu Dhabi||Al Reem Island||Abu Dhabi|
|Repton School Dubai||Nad al Sheba||Dubai|
|Sunmarke School||Jumeirah Village Triangle||Dubai|
|Swiss International Scientific School Dubai||Dubai Healthcare City Phase 2||Dubai|
|Towheed Iranian Boys School||Al Quoz||Dubai|
|Universal American School||Festival City||Dubai|
|Victoria International School||Al Taawun||Sharjah|