The IB Program

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The International Baccalaureate Program at GW is considered to be one of the best and many students want to join once they begin their junior and senior year. However, many are wondering whether it is worth it due to all the stress and long hours of homework that comes with it.

The IB program is a very hard choice of classes, but shows a lot to colleges about the type of work you have done. Students can start once they reach junior year, but are recommended to take honors in both freshman and sophomore year. This information comes from the George Washington High School website on the IB page, “A rigorous college prep program, students are immersed in the full Diploma Program beginning in the 11th grade.”

The IB program began in 1968, when it was created to better prepare people for the rest of their lives in the real world. At GW, once a student starts their junior year, they can choose from the main classes of English and Math, all the way to a series of IB courses (what is known as the core), including Theory of Knowledge. Also from the GW website, it elaborates more on what it means to enroll in IB, “Students enroll in challenging coursework in six different subjects: English, Math, World Languages, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, and the Arts. In addition to their content areas, students engage with what IB calls The Core: Creativity, Activity, & Service (CAS), Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and the Extended Essay (EE). The belief is that students leave the DP as well rounded, holistic critical thinkers who will change the world.” Taking IB means you are in a different and more complex world of learning.

The education is also based off of 10 IB learner profile traits, according to www.ibo.org, these traits are Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective. After both the learning styles and the amount of work is taken into account, students must still apply to be in the program and ready to handle whatever comes up. According to the GW website, “Students applying to George Washington’s IB Diploma Program should be able to demonstrate the following: Intellectual curiosity and a strong aptitude for learning, A successful academic record (enrollment in at least 3 honors classes, including honors English, with a 3.0 GPA or better), A willingness to take academic risks and to reflect on the nature of knowledge, An ability and willingness to undertake independent research, An ability and willingness to undertake projects and activities that often involve community service, Academic and personal integrity, High School attendance in the 90th percentile.

Although a lot of work and stress is involved with this program, If students feel they meet all the requirements and want to be apart of it, it will do a lot for both their colleges and their careers.

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