'Independent research confirms that the IB improves students’ academic achievement, as well as their probability of secondary school graduation and university enrolment, and it is clear that our students are better prepared to succeed in post-secondary settings. And, perhaps more importantly, they’re better prepared to contribute in helping to make the world a better place'. Dr Siva Kumari, IB Director General.
Fairgreen will pursue candidacy for the IB Careers Programme and the IB Diploma Programme two years prior to the first cohort of these students entering Grade 11.
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is considered one of the most academically challenging pre-college/university educational programs in the world and is highly regarded by universities worldwide.
The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups, and the DP Core, comprising Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay (EE). Students choose courses from the following six subject groups:
Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
Group 2: Language Acquisition;
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Group 4: Sciences
Group 5: Mathematics
Group 6: The Arts
As an alternative to the Arts option in Group 6, students may opt to study an additional Science (G4), Individuals and Societies (G3), or a Language course (G2).
Students are expected to take three subjects at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate understanding of a greater body of knowledge and mastery of skills at higher level.
There is the option for students to follow four subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level.
'The three core elements of the IB Diploma Program are:
- Theory of Knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
- The Extended Essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
- Creativity, Action, Service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts'
The IB Career-related Programme (CP) is a viable option for many of our students at Fairgreen due to the inclusive nature of our intake. Students who opt for the CP curriculum will undertake a minimum of two IB Diploma courses, a core consisting of four components and a career-related study. The benefit of the CP is that the career-related study supports the programme’s academic strength and provides practical, real world approaches to learning. CP students develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning and success in the work place. Student work experience and internships will be arranged through the many contacts that Fairgreen and Esol Education have with businesses in Dubai.
The core elements of the IBCP are:
- Personal and Professional Skills – transferable skills for the workplace and beyond
- Service Learning – identifying and meeting an authentic community need
- Reflective Project – an extended, in-depth study of an ethical issue
- Language Development – 'Language development ensures that all students have access to and are exposed to a language programme that will assist and further their understanding of the wider world. The ability to communicate in more than one language is essential to the IB’s concept of an international education'. ibo.org
The Fairgreen CP course will provide students with a combination of academic subjects, professional skills and personal interests. Students will:
- Have the opportunity to think creatively and critically;
- Work independently and in collaboration with others;
- Develop greater self-confidence and self-awareness;
- Become more internationally minded and globally aware; and most of all,
- Will apply their knowledge to real world scenarios and situations.
The course is rigorous and requires dedication and commitment from our students. It will not be perceived or promoted as an ‘easy option.’ With our former Esol Education school in Dubai, Deira International School, having been one of the first 6 schools in the world to introduce the programme in 2009, we have first-hand experience of its value. Our IBCP graduates have gone on to successful futures in academic and vocational post-secondary education, apprenticeships, and directly into employment. Some examples are:
- Hospitality degree at Breda University of Applied Science, Netherlands
- Foundation degree in Computer Gaming at SEEVIC College UK
- Undergraduate Hospitality degree at Glion Hotel School and Hospitality Management, Switzerland
- Flight Training at the Fly-By School in Spain