Why Choose the IBDP?

Iris Tay
Updated on
October 6, 2020

Secondary students at One World International School have the opportunity to participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (also referred to as the IBDP). OWIS is proud to offer the IBDP at our school, and students have benefited from this programme in many different ways.

What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, is an innovative programme designed specifically for secondary students between the ages of 16 and 19. Not only does it feature a rigorous academic framework, but it also encourages students to grow socially, physically and ethically. The IBDP is a renowned international programme that is utilised by many of the best educational institutions around the globe. It is widely recognised as a premier programme by some of the top universities worldwide.

How the IBDP Differs From Other Curricula

The IBDP differs from other curricula in several distinct ways. Its academic coursework is challenging, but students must go beyond memorising facts and statistics in order to succeed. Through the IBDP, students learn to become independent thinkers who are willing to collaborate and discuss their findings with their peers. The IBDP curriculum features six subject groups, including studies in language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics and the arts. There also is an additional core programme that comprises a Theory of Knowledge course, Creativity, Activity and Service component and an Extended Essay. This additional core programme adds value to the IBDP because it encourages students to apply the critical thinking and creativity skills that they have developed as part of the courses in the six subject groups.

The Success Rate of the IBDP

The IBDP measures its success by providing students with both internal and external assessments. Not only are students required to complete exams that test their knowledge after completing a course, but these innovative assessments also evaluate a student's analytical, problem-solving and presentation skills, to name a few. There is evidence to suggest that students who successfully complete the IBDP are more likely to pursue higher education at a leading university than those who do not enrol in the IBDP.

How the IBDP Adds Value for Students

Students who enrol in the IBDP at OWIS will realise a variety of benefits, including:

  • Developing 21st-century skills that will help them compete in the global economy. Many of the IBDP courses offer hands-on learning opportunities as well as engaging exercises that teach students how to collaborate effectively with their peers.

  • Attending courses at various academic depths. For example, students can opt for a Higher Level course if they feel they need a more challenging and rigorous environment in a specific subject. Higher Level courses typically involve additional topics, more practical or lab work or may require students to collect data, conduct research and analyse their findings, which prepares students for university life.

  • Allowing students to combine their personal interests with their academic and professional goals. The IBDP provides students with an opportunity to select courses that best meet their own strengths and passions.

  • Encouraging students to have an open mind. The nature of the IBDP courses allows students to develop an international mindset and to always consider the viewpoints of others when making decisions.


Why OWIS Opts for IBDP for our pre-university students 

At OWIS, we believe that the IBDP best meets the needs of our students. The IBDP was founded in 1968 and is now available at more than 5,200 schools across the world. We believe that this is a proven and respected programme that gives our students the best possible experience in secondary school.

For years, OWIS has believed that all of its students benefit from its multicultural student body and its international approach to education. The IBDP naturally complements the mission of OWIS, and administrators, teachers and staff members have had high rates of success with this programme.

For more information about the IBDP at OWIS, contact us today.

About Author

Iris Tay

Senior Coordinator - IBDP

Iris is originally from Singapore. She holds a Master's Degree in Education Policy, Organisation & Leadership from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, USA, a Masters Degree in Mathematics, Science and Technology from Columbia University, USA and a Master's Degree in Mass Communication & Media Arts and MBA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA.

Iris' philosophy is "Enjoy learning while teaching."

Iris has taught in Singapore, China, Japan and the USA.

She enjoys travelling and learning about different cultures around the world. She also likes Singapore local dishes and Japanese food.

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