Hey, guys! Today I’m going to be talking a little about what going on in my life right now, i.e. joining a new school. Some of you might not know, but I’m going into the 11th grade this year. My school starts in a week and before that, I wanted to talk to you guys about my plans for the next two years. I’m joining an IB, or, International Baccalaureate, school. If you don’t know what IB is, it’s basically a globally recognized educational program. IB is offered as 3 main programs: the Diploma Program (IBDP), the Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Primary Years Program (PYP). The IBDP is basically 11th and 12th grade in terms of the age range (16-19 years).
The IBDP consists of six subject groups and the DP core. The six subject groups are studies in language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and the arts. Normally, you are allowed to take one subject in each of these groups – three of them as a Higher Level (HL) and the other three as a Lower Level (SL). The difference in HL and SL is mostly the difference in the teaching hours of that particular subject. For example, the teaching hours for English Literature HL is 240 and SL is 150. The DP core comprises of the theory of knowledge (TOK); the extended essay (EE); and creativity, action, service (CAS). I won’t be going into the details of the DP Core in this post, but feel free to leave comments below, or check out the IB’s official website for more information.
Coming back to the subject groups, the table below shows the subjects offered in my school (under each subject group). Since my interests lie in English Literature and Psychology, I’ll be taking Eng Lang & Lit HL and Psychology HL. Along with those subjects, I’ll also be taking Biology HL, Business Management SL, Spanish SL and Mathematical Studies SL.
One of my main reasons for deciding to go to an IB school is the diversity of the subjects offered. I’m not sure about how the school system works where you live, but in India, the subject combinations are concrete. For instance, I love Biology, but I hate Physics and Chemistry. If I had to join an Indian school, my general subject combination would be PCMB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Math). PCM is “the science combination” here, and the fourth subject is optional. For example, PCME (electronics), PCMC (computer science) or PCMB. Horrible, right? Absolutely no fluidity in the subject combinations.
Another important thing that you need to know about IB is that taking an HL in any subject is equivalent to taking an AP class for that subject. So, if you are in the IBDP then you don’t have to take any AP classes.
I wish I could talk more about this program, but currently, I don’t have much to say. I’ve heard a lot of people who have been in the IBDP say that it’s not so easy. The IBDP is a very rigorous program, and that you need to work your ass off if you want to get a good grade. Most people say that if you stick to a strict schedule and study every day, it shouldn’t be so hard. Others say that it only feels like it’s hard for a few months until you get used to the system. It’s pretty fair to say that each and every person’s IB experience is different, and I can’t judge my experience based on others’. All that I can say for now is I’m ready for whatever life has in store for me for the next two years and that I’ll take on every thing positively.
I’m hoping to talk more about the IBDP and my subjects once school starts. Until then, stay tuned! Please feel free to ask me any questions regarding this post.
Thanks for reading!