The International Baccalaureate program is based on the concept that secondary education should promote the development of the lifelong skills of critical thinking, communication, and integration of the information through an in-depth study of the major areas of knowledge.
The IB Program at Mercyhurst Prep provides Lakers with a worldview education that encourages an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, languages, and points of view. This philosophy of education leads to inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB program at Mercyhurst encourages students to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people with their differences can also be right.
IB is an international and comprehensive diploma program, rather than a national program where students may choose to enroll in a few selected courses. IB students are engaged in a philosophy of education that values more than a collection of facts and teaches students how to learn and promotes a love of learning. Educators note that IB students tend to ask more challenging questions and develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture. They also develop superb writing skills and the ability to communicate and understand people from other countries and cultures.
Lakers complete six courses in these subject areas: humanities, history, math’ science and two languages. Additionally, they are required to craft an extended 4,000 word essay; investigate a topic of individual interest using independent research and writing skills; complete Theory of Knowledge (TOK) – an interdisciplinary course exploring specific areas of knowledge that involve language, reason, emotion and perception. In addition to coursework, service work is required (Creativity, Action, Service). Lakers can aspire to earn certificates in one or more subject areas or strive for the complete International Baccalaureate diploma.
How many schools/students participate in the IB program?
There are 3,290 schools in 141 countries authorized to offer the IB program. There are 969,000 students participating in the IB program worldwide.
Why is the International Baccalaureate considered a better education?
According to various universities and colleges, International Baccalaureate is a better education because:
- It is a diploma, not a set of discrete exams
- The exams are almost always essay
- There is a requirement of six exams across the curriculum
- There is a required 4,000-word extended essay
- There is a required course called Theory of Knowledge
What can be earned by obtaining an IB Diploma?
- Substantial scholarships
- University credits
- Advanced placement
- Both an IB Diploma and a Mercyhurst Prep Diploma
- Global Opportunities. Recent graduates have studied in China, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Morocco among other places
What are the core requirements for obtaining an IB Diploma?
Extended 4,000-word essay – students investigate a topic of individual interest using independent research and writing skills · Theory of Knowledge (TOK) – an interdisciplinary course exploring specific areas of knowledge that involve language, reason, emotion, and perception Service (CAS) creativity, action, service – students are encouraged to delve into the arts, sports, and community service
What are some of the colleges and universities that give credit for successfully completing IB courses?