Jumeira Baccalaureate School (JBS), an International School in the heart of Jumeira in Dubai and part of the Taaleem family of schools, will be welcoming the first intake of Grade 11 students in September 2012 as they undertake their IB Diploma Programme (DP) studies at the school.
The DP provides perfect complement to the IB Middle Years Programme already offered at the school, and faculty are thrilled to be able to offer the option to continue at JBS to their current Grade 10 graduates, and to welcome new students to their community.
Andrew Homden, Principal of JBS, is looking forward to the Diploma Programme starting at the school in September: “This is an important milestone, and we are thrilled that JBS has been authorised to offer the Diploma, enabling us to present our first graduating class for university entrance”.
The DP is a challenging, broad and balanced programme, set over two years of study. It is well recognized by leading universities throughout the world and aims to equip students with the basic academic skills needed for university study, but also to create a well-rounded individual who has developed positive values and life skills.
Dr Samia Al Farra, Chief Education Officer at Taaleem and founding member of the Middle East International Baccalaureate Association, is delighted that JBS will be offering the programme: “The Diploma Programme is the first of 4 IB programmes (DP, IBCC, MYP, PYP). It is the most rigorous among the four IB programmes. Through the study of 6 subjects (3 at the higher level and 3 at the standard level), students are able to build strong academic knowledge and skills that will prepare them to excel in the world’s best universities.
The creativity, action and service (CAS) component as well as the theory of knowledge (TOK) components are valuable in building the overall balanced individual.
The feedback coming from universities around the world regarding the achievement levels of IB students in college is very positive.
This is why many university admission offices visit IB schools in the region to recruit informed, well-rounded students.
The International Baccalaureate Program
Authored by Thomas Jerome Baker
“An international education must go well beyond the provision of information and is involved in the development of attitudes and values which transcend barriers of race, class, religion, gender or politics.” -International Baccalaureate Organization Subject Guide (1996).
It is my authorial belief that any education that does not unite the nations of the world in a common endeavour is a relic of the past century. A common sense of sharing the responsibility, equally, for the welfare of the planet, globally, is needed more than ever today.
Finally, I can only say one thing: The IB program is a positive way forward for any education system in crisis, any education system that desires quality, any education system that aspires to excellence, any education system that wishes to educate its citizens in the image of the twenty-first century, rather than the past century…
The International Baccalaureate
by Thomas Jerome Baker
Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile.
He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.
Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile.
Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of forty three (43) books overall.
The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.