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The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) consists of eight subject groups:

The Arts

ARTS (as a universal form of human expression) is ...

The Arts

Design

Inquiry and problem solving lies in the heart of t...

Design

Mathematics

The MYP mathematics framework encompasses number, ...

Mathematics

Sciences

The MYP Sciences course combines lectures, activit...

Sciences

Organisation

Do I use time effectively inside and outside the classroom?Do I keep to the deadlines?

Collaboration

How well do I work with others?

Communication

What communication tools do I have?

Information literacy

How do I now that the information source is reliable?

Reflection

How have my reflections helped me stop making mistakes?

Thinking

How do I think? What planning tools I have?

Transfer

What are “the big ideas” of each of the different subjects?

:: IB MYP Learner Profile ::

IB MYP Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help create a better and more peaceful world.

The IB learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.

The learner profile provides a long-term vision of education. It is a set of ideals that can inspire, motivate and focus the work of schools and teachers, uniting them in a common purpose.

Inquirers

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

Knowledgeable

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

Thinkers

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

Principled

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

Open-minded

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Risk-takers

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Balanced

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognise our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

Learner Profile

:: Frequetly Asked Questions about IB (FAQ) ::

What is the Middle Years Programme?

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a curriculum framework designed for learners aged 11–16 by the International Baccalaureate (IB). The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partner- ship between schools or in abbreviated two-, three- or four-year formats. Please find answers to your questions in IBO MYP FAQ document.

What is the Diploma Programme?

The Diploma Programme (DP) is a curriculum framework designed by the International Baccalaureate (IB) for students in the last two years of high school. Please find answers to your questions in IBO DP FAQ document.

What is the IB?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a two-year programme for 16-18 year old students. All students study six subjects: three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. In addition, students write an Extended Essay and follow a critical thinking course entitled Theory of Knowledge. Participation in creative activities, sport and service is also required.

How does the points system work?

Each of the six subjects is graded out of seven. The Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge are combined to give up to three core points. The total Diploma score is therefore a maximum 45 points.

How does the IB compare to A-levels?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is a complete programme of study, and overall is more comprehensive and rigorous than A-levels. The IB has not suffered from grade inflation and therefore is more able to distinguish between good and excellent students. All universities recognise the IB as at least an equivalent qualification, and in many cases indicate a preference for it.

Is the IB accepted by universities?

The IB is accepted by universities in the UK, the US and across the world.

Can I study more than three higher levels/more than six subjects?

All of our students follow a six-subject Diploma with three higher level subjects. We think that the Diploma is properly weighted in its normal form and is already a challenging enough course. We support the IB DP in its promotion of a broad curriculum and suggest that if a student does have a little extra time or energy, he or she contributes further to some other aspect of the Diploma. If a student wishes to attend some extra lessons out of intellectual curiosity, this is usually fine, although they will not be entered for the examination.

Does the IB include coursework?

Yes, around 20 per cent for each subject and then three core points awarded for Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay coursework.

How many students gain top grades?

A number of students who achieve the top grades in DP remain stable and fluctuates at about Universities and programmes understand the challenge of the IB and therefore ask for a wide range of grades. Students do not need 45 or 44 points to earn places at the best universities.

How does HL Maths equate to Maths A-level courses?

Higher Level Maths is more rigorous than A-level Maths. Not all university courses that would normally require A-level Maths require IB DP higher level Maths; many will accept standard level Maths.

What is the difference between A, B and ab initio language courses?

Language A courses are for native speakers and are correspondingly more advanced. Language B courses are for second language speakers, ie those who have been learning the language for three to five years. Ab initio courses presume no previous knowledge of the language and are only available at standard level.

Do students need to be competent at a foreign language to pursue the IB?

The vast majority of our pupils – including those who do not classify themselves as ‘linguists’ – find the language component of the IB both accessible and rewarding. A good number of students decide to start a new language from scratch at the DP, taking an ab initio course that is roughly in line with an IGCSE in terms of level and difficulty.
This gives plenty of options to those who do not wish to specialise in a language, but understand the importance of being able to engage with a foreign culture and language. They will still have plenty of time to focus on the other IB subjects that they do want to pursue to a higher level.

Can you take three sciences?

Because of its emphasis upon breadth, the International Baccalaureate Diploma does not allow a student to take three sciences. UK medical schools do not require three sciences: Chemistry and one other Science (generally Biology) or Maths are standard subject requirements.

:: The EISB MYP Principles and Policies ::

The EISB MYP Principles and Policies

EISB Policies provide our students and parents with information on the legislative and regulatory environment of English International School of Bratislava. The content is subject to ongoing change and EISB reserves the right to update the information as needed.