Choosing the right curriculum for your child can be quite a challenge. In this article, Nord Anglia International School Rotterdam offers a quick guide to the International Baccalaureate to help you decide if it is the right choice for your child, particularly as they enter their very important pre-university years of 16, 17 and 18.
The International Baccalaureate, commonly referred to as the IB, is a well-respected and comprehensive international curriculum that takes a holistic approach to education, fostering a student’s intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills. The programme aims to develop ‘inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed’. While other curriculums feature textbook-oriented learning, centered on memorisation and examinations, the IB system encourages students to develop their own critical thinking and independent inquiry skills. IB students become collaborative, confident and enthusiastic learners who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind.