The Gold Standard of Education
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is an academically challenging and balanced program of education that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students.
The heart of the IB can be found in its Learner Profile, which informs the outlook of both curriculum and instruction. This profile describes an IB learner: Inquirers, Thinkers, Knowledgeable, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced, Reflective.
Notice that only portions of the Learner Profile are strictly “academic.” The IB and North Broward share the same goal of developing more than just a traditional student. As well, we believe in developing these qualities not only in the students but also in the faculty.
The International Baccalaureate at NBPS
The IB classifies subjects into "Groups" of which there are six. Every discipline at North Broward offers IB courses during 11th and 12th grade. Please see our Current Offerings.
Because of the nature of the IB, all students can benefit from taking at least one IB course. The majority of students do indeed take one or more IB courses before graduating. Successfully completing a course results in a “Certificate” in that area.
A smaller cohort of students elects to purse the entire IB Diploma Program. This is comprised of a “Core” and three IB subjects at the Higher Level (accelerated) and three subjects at the Standard Level (honors). The Core consists of the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) hours. There are specific requirements regarding the scores needed to obtain a diploma (in a range of 24-45 points for six courses and TOK/EE). Please click HERE to see those requirements.
Where can it take you?
Taking IB courses, and doing well in them, demonstrates to universities a serious and inquiry-driven student, one who embodies the qualities of the Learner Profile. Universities recognize that success in the IB translates into success at their institutions and in life. The rigor and, especially, the type of coursework prepare students to succeed well beyond their freshman year. The following document details the advantages an IB education can confer: The IB and Colleges.
Beyond university, it is our belief that the IB engenders not only skills for the future but an open-minded, inquiry-based perspective well suited for success in life.
If you’d like to learn more about becoming part of the North Broward Preparatory School family, please request for more information or see our overview of the admissions process.