Aside from American, British, Canadian curriculums, international schools also adhere to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Unlike other curriculums, the IB Programme is useful and appropriate in this globalized world.
Majority of Thai international schools follow the IB Programme. As of August 2018, there are only 19 international schools that are considered the best in regards to their IB Programme. Among this is American Pacific International School, International School of Bangkok and St. Andrews Green Valley Rayong. Their school websites are as follows: http://www.apis.ac.th/index.php/en/, https://www.isb.ac.th/, and https://www.standrewsgreenvalley.com/.
What makes it special?
The IB Programme consists of four programmes for each age group.
The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) a curriculum for children aged 3 to 12 years. It instils valuable skills such as critical thinking and independent learning in children.
The IB Middle Years Programme is (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16 years. It builds on existing skills gained from the PYP. The MYP teaches students to apply their lessons into situations and see the connection.
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) caters to students aged 16 to 19 years old and preparesthem for university. The DP is the most gruelling as it consists of examinations, and assessments covering six subjects.
Meanwhile, the IB Career-related Programme (CP) focuses on students heading to employment. It requires students to take a minimum of 2 programs, 1 core subject and a career-related course. It is advantageous as it allows students to apply their learnings gained from the IB curriculum.
IB and its Benefits
The IB curriculum is useful in the era of globalization. Adopting an inquiry-based approach, it encourages students to think critically and challenge existing norms, and perspectives. It allows them to comprehend different contexts due to an advanced understanding of culture. The IB curriculum also boasts an inter-disciplinary approach. Students to learn to recognize patterns and connections, enabling them to see implications in both local and international contexts.The IB programme also develops multilingual students. Mastering various languages can help their future endeavours in education and employment.
International schools in Thailand
Thai international schools adhering to the IB Programme are known to produce top-notch students. One can learn more about this program by visiting the respective school websites. For St. Andrews International School Green Valley,their school website is https://www.standrewsgreenvalley.com/. For American Pacific International School, it is http://www.apis.ac.th/index.php/en/ while the International School of Bangkok can be reached by https://www.isb.ac.th/.