The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is one of the highest-rated academic programs in the world, and prepares students for success in college/university. At The Village School in Houston, Texas, the program challenges students to be knowledgeable, balanced and open-minded global citizens who are able to cope with an ever-changing world.
International Baccalaureate Achievement 2016
Number of Diploma Candidates: 67
Pass Rate: 82%
Avg. Point Score : 32
Highest Points Awarded: 42
Avg. Grade Obtained: 5.07
Studying for an IB Diploma at The Village School
The Village high school students may enter into the IB Diploma Programme at the beginning of their 11th grade year. The program involves a two-year commitment to a particular course of study, along with special classes in Theory of Knowledge, an Extended Essay, the completion of an experiential learning program called CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service), and final examinations.
Students who successfully complete the IB Diploma Programme have an admissions advantage at colleges and universities and may be awarded credit for their IB classes. Students who complete individual IB courses and earn passing grades may also be awarded credit for their IB classes and improve their chances of admission.
The International Baccalaureate Curriculum
IB students study six courses, typically three at an advanced level and three at a standard level. They choose classes from five subject areas, ensuring a breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts class, or the student may choose another class from other subject groups.
In addition, the program has three core requirements that are included to broaden students' educational experience, and challenge them to apply their knowledge and understanding:
- "The Extended Essay" requires students to engage in independent research through in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
- "Theory of Knowledge" is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different areas of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
- "Creativity, Activity, Service" requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom.
Students take written examinations at the end of the program, which are graded by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in school, which are either initially evaluated by teachers and then confirmed by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.
To learn more about the International Baccalaureate program, or to schedule a call or visit with The Village School, please request more information and we’ll contact you at your convenience.
Please also visit our High School Portal to find more detailed information about the IB Programme.