As a student, one is probably familiar with IB, GCSE, SAT, and many other acronyms. Standardized tests and syllabi are an important part of the modern education framework. It can be hard to juggle all of these, while also thinking about what subjects you should be taking, and what grades are necessary for your future. Here we’ll be focusing on the International Baccalaureate (IB).
What is IB?
The International Baccalaureate, or IB for short, is an education program that offers 4 highly challenging programs for students between the ages of 3 and 19. A rigorous 2-year program, IB focuses on personal and academic development and, upon completion, awards a highly prestigious, globally recognized diploma. A non-profit organization, IB focuses on developing students’ intellectual, emotional, personal, and social skills, with the aim of creating responsible, intelligent citizens for an increasingly global world. The IB diploma program for high school-age students consists of six main subjects.
Students are given college-level courses which, while hard at first, serve the purpose of preparing students for higher-level education. Colleges also hold applicants with an IB diploma in high regard, valuing the capacity to risk one’s GPA on a more challenging course of study.
Abu Dhabi is one of the richest cities in the world, with a diverse population of around 2 million people. The citizens of Abu Dhabi include both locals and a large percentage of expatriates from around the world. And so, the Abu Dhabi education system has adapted to suit the needs of its global citizens, offering programs from all around the world, including IB.
Choosing the right school for you from the many available options can be a daunting task, but we’ve picked out the best options currently available:
The British International School Abu Dhabi
The British International School focuses on offering the friendliest atmosphere possible to its employees. They offer both the English National Curriculum and IB, using a combination of the two courses to give the students the best possible education.
A part of the Nord Anglia education family of 56 schools worldwide, the British International School is well-positioned to offer your child a truly global learning experience. This is achieved through their Global Campus, which offers all students the ability to connect with students in any part of the world. Their education programs are all driven by their Be Ambitious philosophy, focused on always pushing students to be the best they can possibly be.
Abu Dhabi International School (AIS)
Founded in 1992 by Mrs. Jihan Nasr, AIS has an international pool of staff and students, with over 70 different nationalities represented. What takes AIS beyond other schools in its mission to provide quality education is its commitment to reserving 5% of its student body for special needs children.
The school offers IGCSE, the American program, and IB, while also helping to prepare students for external standardized exams, like the SAT, ACT, and TOEFL exams. Their stated mission is to turn each and every student into a lifelong learner, by offering excellent academic and extracurricular programs to allow them to discover and nurture their talents. The school places great emphasis on becoming responsible citizens, through community service and global awareness.
Teachers at the school are encouraged to have a positive attitude towards learning, allowing them to continue improving their own skills, in order to be able to better teach their students.
Aldar Academies, Al Bateen Academy
Opened in 2011, Al Bateen Academy offers both GCSE and IB. The school aims to provide an international, holistic education in a safe, creative, caring, and inclusive environment. The school promotes understanding, instilling its students with the idea that it takes different kinds of people, with different kinds of skill, in order for the world to run properly.
They achieve peak performance and academic excellence, by hiring the best teachers available, to deliver a quality of education that is beyond expectations. In order to create the best possible environment for their students to flourish, they invest in the latest teaching techniques, and create state-of-the-art teaching facilities, with the latest technologies.
Raha International School
A member of the Taaleem family of schools, Raha believes that successful education is about inspired, imaginative teaching, with a focus on each student’s unique needs. They offer extensive extracurricular activities, to ensure their students have the ability to excel in all of their natural talents, whilst having a fun time.