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International Baccalaureate

Posted by on May. 2, 2010 at 1:58 PM
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Do any of your schools offer this program? My kids are 5 and 6 and we may be moving and a school near this area offers this. I am researching it and thought I would see if anyone kids are in this and what do you think? In some ways it sounds similiar to Montessori..My 5 yr old is in Montessori and loves it and does so well but if we move she will probably not be in Montessori. So just researching for now!

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Barabell
by Barbara on May. 2, 2010 at 6:41 PM

My oldest sister graduated from a high school with an IB diploma.  It was very, very rigorous for her.  She did get a great scholarship to college, and the first two years of college were not too hard for her thanks to the high school she went to.  When we went to school, I believe the IB program was only offered during high school.  At least that's how it was where we grew up.  I believe the major point behind an IB program is to have a high school diploma recognized around the world. 

My son's elementary school feeds into a junior high with a  middle years IB program.  I already told my son I want him to do that program, and then he can decide if he wants to continue the program in high school.  I'm hoping he'll continue, but seeing the commitment my sister had to make, I'm not sure a child could complete the HS program with being completely dedicated to it.

rkoloms
by on May. 3, 2010 at 5:29 AM

IB is nothing like Montessori; it is very rigorous and challenging. You kids will graduate from the program fluent in a foreign language, with a strong grasp on the world and excellent writing skills. You can learn more here: http://www.ibo.org/

 

Robin in Chicago

Barabell
by Barbara on May. 3, 2010 at 10:40 AM


Quoting rkoloms:

IB is nothing like Montessori; it is very rigorous and challenging. You kids will graduate from the program fluent in a foreign language, with a strong grasp on the world and excellent writing skills. You can learn more here: http://www.ibo.org/


That is my impression of the IB program too.  I did two years of Montessori when in elementary school, and from what I saw my sister go through, it's nothing like that.  It has many challenging requirements to complete the program. 

stefvan
by on May. 3, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Two of the high schools in our district do.  It's a very rigorous program.  The high school my dd will go to next year does the STEM program (science, technology, engineering and medicine) which is equally as challenging.  Only high honors students qualify.  My dd is already signed up.  Now, I get to save for the 11 grade field trip - Costa Rica!

AMom29
by on May. 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM

 I have no idea what that is.

ETA:  Thanks for the link.  Apparently, the HS in my district just became one in March of this year. 

hill2
by on May. 3, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Its considered like Montessori in the way that encompasses the whole child and not just teaching the material thats actually what I meant. There are IB programs not in my state but I found a few that do it with Montessori because they say they work well together. At our elementary school that has the IB program I was researching its sound like they do Montessori activities more hands on so as they get older probably not so much Montessori. THX for what info I have I am still researching!

hholllyy426
by on May. 3, 2010 at 3:44 PM

My high school had the IB program, I wasn't a part of it but from what I remember it was a great program.

Barabell
by Barbara on May. 3, 2010 at 4:22 PM


Quoting hill2:

Its considered like Montessori in the way that encompasses the whole child and not just teaching the material thats actually what I meant. There are IB programs not in my state but I found a few that do it with Montessori because they say they work well together. At our elementary school that has the IB program I was researching its sound like they do Montessori activities more hands on so as they get older probably not so much Montessori. THX for what info I have I am still researching!

That's interesting because my son's public school district has a couple Montessori elementary schools, but the early year IB programs are in different schools.  They have choosen not to combine the two programs.  There is a Montessori charter high school in our area that also offers an IB diploma or IB certificate for their students, and they made a similar claim on their website.  I have no knowledge whether that statement is valid.  Some neighbors of ours have two kids that go to that Montessori HS, but I do not know where either of them are in the IB program.


TruthAboutIB
by on May. 4, 2010 at 9:47 AM

It's good to see young Moms asking questions about different educational programs. Although my own children are now 21 & 27, I am recognized by Jay Mathews of the Washington Post and Newsweek as the nation's leading critic of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and it is for this reason, I have joined your group to share my knowledge with you.

Unless you are an avowed socialist, endorse one world government, radical environmentalism, junk science and UN indoctrination of your children, please steer your young ones as far away as possible from IB. At the PYP and MYP levels, IB is nothing more than globalist "themes" which the classroom teacher must imbed into their regular state curriculum. IBO is a Swiss based organization which was founded by UNESCO. Its stated goal is to create "global citizens". Its unstated goal is to undermine traditional U.S. education and sovereignty.

For more information, please visit my website:

http://truthaboutib.com/home.html

 

Barabell
by Barbara on May. 4, 2010 at 10:57 AM


Quoting TruthAboutIB:

It's good to see young Moms asking questions about different educational programs. Although my own children are now 21 & 27, I am recognized by Jay Mathews of the Washington Post and Newsweek as the nation's leading critic of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and it is for this reason, I have joined your group to share my knowledge with you.

Unless you are an avowed socialist, endorse one world government, radical environmentalism, junk science and UN indoctrination of your children, please steer your young ones as far away as possible from IB. At the PYP and MYP levels, IB is nothing more than globalist "themes" which the classroom teacher must imbed into their regular state curriculum. IBO is a Swiss based organization which was founded by UNESCO. Its stated goal is to create "global citizens". Its unstated goal is to undermine traditional U.S. education and sovereignty.

For more information, please visit my website:

http://truthaboutib.com/home.html


Thank you for the interesting read.  It has not changed my opinion of the IB program, and I am still planning to sign my son up for the middle years IB program at his junior high. 

But it's interesting to know that some people view the program that way.

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