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MAY 2017

Number of candidates registered in the session 9
Number of diploma and retake candidates registered in   the session 9
Number of subject entries in the session 72
Number of candidates who passed the diploma 9
Average points obtained by candidates who passed the   diploma 38 (the international average   being 31)
Highest diploma points awarded to a candidate 42 out of 45
Average grade obtained at the school by candidates who   passed the diploma 5.96
Total number of candidates excluded from the statistics 0

 

 

 

 

Life in the 21st century, in an interconnected, globalized world, requires critical-thinking skills and a sense of international-mindedness, something that IB Diploma Programme students come to know and understand.

The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The programme is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. 

IB Diploma Curriculum

IB Diploma Programme students study six courses at higher level (240 study hours) or standard level (150 study hours). This allows the students to concentrate on their favourite subjects already before the university, while still getting a wide view of other subjects.

Group 1:

  • Romanian A: Literature (HL, SL)
  • English A: Language and Literature (HL, SL)

In group 1, students will study literature, including selections of literature in translation, and may choose to combine this with language studies, depending on their choice of course. Students will choose to study their group 1 subject(s) in a language in which they are academically competent. If they choose to study 2 languages in group 1, they will be awarded the most prestigious type of Diploma, the Bilingual Diploma.

In studying the group 1 courses, students are able to develop:

  • a personal appreciation of language and literature
  • skills in literary criticism
  • an understanding of the formal, stylistic and aesthetic qualities of texts
  • strong powers of expression, both written and oral
  • an appreciation of cultural differences in perspective

Group 2:

  • English B (HL)
  • German B (for beginners SL -ab initio, SL or HL )
  • FrenchB ( for beginners SL -ab initio, SL or HL)
  • Spanish B (for beginners SL-ab initio, SL or HL)

The main emphasis of the modern language courses is on the acquisition and use of language in a range of contexts and for different purposes while, at the same time, promoting an understanding of another culture through the study of its language.

Group 3:

  • Business Management ( HL or SL)
  • History (HL, SL)

Group 4:

  • Physics (HL, SL)
  • Biology (HL, SL)
  • Chemistry ( HL , SL)

Group 5:

  • Mathematics HL
  • Mathematics SL

Group 6:

  • Visual Arts HL or SL

 Additionally, students have to fulfill requirements in three core subjects:

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
  • Extended Essay (EE)

Subject choices

A number of factors need to be considered before choosing your subjects for Diploma.

  • What subjects am I good at?
  • What subjects do I enjoy?
  • What subjects do I need to get into university?

When selecting your subjects for a diploma pay in mind that:

  • at least three subjects must be chosen at higher level (HL) and the others at standard level (SL)
  • one subject must be selected from each of groups 1 to 5
  • a mathematics subject must be selected from group 5
  • the sixth subject may be selected from group 6 or from groups 1 to 4.

Exceptions
A candidate may offer a second group 1 subject instead of a group 2 subject.
Instead of a group 6 subject a candidate may select an additional subject chosen from groups 1 to 4

Prohibitions
No candidate may count towards the diploma:

  • the same subject twice, regardless of whether higher level or standard level
  • the same language for group 1 and group 2, or within group 1 or group 2 (for example, English A Language and literature and English B).

IB Diploma core subjects

True knowledge does not only come from text books. All of us have met people who have “seen the world” and who fascinate us with their open-mindedness and extensive knowledge. That is why IB emphasises that IB learners should be inquirers also outside the classroom to expand their view of the world.


Extended essay (EE)

The extended essay extended essay of some 4,000 words offers the opportunity for IB students to investigate a topic of special interest related to one of the student’s six Diploma Programme (DP) subjects/disciplines. An extended essay can also be undertaken in world studies. The world studies extended essay provides students with the opportunity to carry out an in-depth interdisciplinary study of an issue of contemporary global significance, utilizing two IB diploma disciplines. Both types of extended essay (single-disciplinary and interdisciplinary essays )are intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity expected at university. They provide students with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, under the guidance of a supervisor (a teacher in the school). This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject or issue chosen. This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject. It is recommended that students follow the completion of the written essay with a short, concluding interview – viva voce – with the supervisor. In countries where interviews are required prior to acceptance for employment or for a place at university, the extended essay has proved to be a valuable stimulus for discussion.


Theory of knowledge (TOK)
TOK plays a special role in the Diploma Programme by providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know.

The fundamental question of TOK is “how do we know that?” Students are encouraged to think about how knowledge is arrived at in different disciplines, what the disciplines have in common and the differences between the disciplinary. TOK therefore both supports and is supported by the study of other DP subjects, as students are required to explore knowledge questions against the backdrop of their experiences in their other DP subjects. Discussion and critical reflection form the backbone of the TOK course, centring around discussions of questions such as:

  • what counts as evidence for X?
  • what makes a good explanation in subject Y?
    how do we judge which is the best model of Z?
  • how can we be sure of W?
  • what does theory T mean in the real world?
  • how do we know whether it is right to do S?

Through discussions of these types of questions students gain greater awareness of their personal and ideological assumptions, as well as developing an appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultural perspectives. The TOK course is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1600 word essay. The TOK presentation assesses the ability of the student to apply TOK thinking to a real-life situation, while the TOK essay takes a more conceptual starting point; for example asking students to discuss the claim that the methodologies used to produce knowledge depend on the use to which that knowledge will be used.

TOK is a demanding and challenging course, but one which plays a crucial role in effectively preparing students for the complex and rapidly changing world they will encounter both during their DP experience and beyond.


Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
CAS – Creativity – Action – Service at the heart of the Diploma Programme. CAS enables students to live the IB learner profile in real and practical ways, to grow as unique individuals and to recognise their role in relation to others. CAS is organised around the three strands of Creativity, Action and Service defined as:

  • Creativity – arts and other experiences that involve creative thinking
  • Action – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the IB Diploma Programme
  • Service – an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student.

Students develop skills and attitudes through a variety of individual and group activities that provide students with opportunities to express their passions, personalities and perspectives. CAS complements a challenging academic programme in a holistic way, providing opportunities for self-determination, collaboration, accomplishment and enjoyment.

Students are also required to undertake a CAS Project that challenges students to show initiative, demonstrate perseverance, and develop skills such as those of collaboration, problem solving, and decision making.

The school and students must give CAS as much importance as any other element of the Diploma Programme and ensure sufficient time is allocated for engagement in the CAS programme. Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB Diploma. While not formally assessed, students reflect on their CAS experiences and provide evidence of achieving the eight learning outcomes.


IB Diploma Assessment

In IB, students are assessed on a scale from 1 to 7. However, grades are not the only way of giving feedback to IB students. Personal approach, which is also highly valued at The European School of Bucharest, is even more important. Students will get verbal or written feedback from the teachers for every assignment, which helps them to grow and learn from their mistakes.

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. It is also very important to know that students need to acquire minimum 12 points from their HL subjects in order for the Diploma to be awarded.

The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.

For further information, please contact the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator.

IB DP Coordinator –prof. Ana-Maria Obezaru 

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The International Baccalaureate's Diploma Programme (DP) is a two-year academically challenging programme designed to meet the educational requirements of students between the ages of 16 and 18. The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge; who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

It is a well-rounded programme devised to develop students with skills for the 21st Century, who are informed global citizens. It aims to help students to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world.

The Diploma Programme six subject groups:

  • Studies in Language and Literature 
  • Language Acquisition
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts

Each Subject Group offers different courses, and students must choose one subject from each of the first five groups and either an Arts subject or second subject from groups 1 to 5.

The Diploma Programme Core:

  • The Extended Essay: Students engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. The world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance, which they examine through the lens of at least two DP projects
  • The Theory of Knowledge: This course develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. It encourages critical thinking, and is aimed at deepening the students' understanding of knowledge as a human construction
  • Creativity, Action, Service (CAS):The CAS programme involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.

The IB Diploma is recognized by leading universities worldwide as a challenging qualification that provides an excellent foundation for further studies.

In Romania, the IB Diploma Programme is recognised by the Ministry of Education as an alternative to the Romanian Baccalaureate Diploma.

For a short history on the IB in Romania, please follow the link: 

http://www.ibo.org/about-the-ib/the-ib-by-country/r/romania/

Please note that the European School of Bucharest was authorised on the 21st ofMay, 2013 and has delivered the IB Diploma Programme since September 2013.

Among the subjects students at the European School of Bucharest study in the Diploma Programme, we include: English A Language and Literature, Romanian A Literature, English B, French B, German B, Spanish B, Business Management, History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Visual Arts, Theory of Knowledge.

For more information on the IB Programmes, please visit www.ibo.org.

Ana-Maria Obezaru - IB Diploma Programme Coordinator

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SEB graduates have achieved remarkable results this year as part of the IB Diploma Programme. The points in the International Baccalaureate are different from those in the Romanian baccalaureate programme. Thus, for each of the 6 exam subjects studied, the maximum mark a student can get is 7. The minimum score for passing the exam is 24 points out of 45 possible. This score is obtained by accumulating points from the six study subjects as well as from the three core curriculum components: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, and CAS (Creativity-Action-Service)-components without which one cannot be awarded an International Baccalaureate Diploma.

The international average is 31 points in this programme, SEB students achieving results from 32 up to 42 points and thus being above the international average. So the average at SEB is 38 points. In addition to the 100% graduation rate, SEB students have managed 45% of results over 40 points, which is an outstanding result. An added value for SEB students who have taken this type of Baccalaureate is that six of them were awarded a bilingual diploma, the most prestigious diploma of this type. Congratulations to all students for their excellent results and to all their teachers!

Steps to the IB

The European School of Bucharest will host between March 28th -29th, 2013 the Verification Visit for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Our visitors will evaluate the policies that ESB has designed for implementing this programme (the language policy, the assessment policy, the academic honesty policy, the special needs policy), our facilities and staff. IB DP is a challenging programme for 16-19 high school students that will give them opportunities to apply for high-ranked universities in Romania and abroad.

Here is the new Diploma Programme (DP) model:




Good News form the IB Organization

Our school has received confirmation from the IB Organization. We have now entered the second phase of our pursuit of becoming an IB school and an official candidate school for the Diploma Programme.

Scoala Europeana Bucuresti is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Scoala Europeana Bucuresti believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Carrer-related Certificate). 

Ana-Maria Obezaru – DP Coordinator


Veşti bune de la Organizaţia Bacalaureatului Internaţional (IBO) 

Şcoala noastră a primit confirmarea de la IBO. Am intrat acum într-o nouă etapă pentru a deveni şcoală IB şi suntem acceptaţi în mod oficial ca şcoală candidată pentru Programul de Diplomă (DP).

Şcoala Europeană Bucureşti este şcoală candidată* pentru Programul de Diplomă. Şcoala noastră are ca obiectiv obţinerea autorizării ca Şcoală Internaţională IB. Aceste şcoli împărtăşesc o filosofie comună – o provocare pentru a oferi o educaţie internaţională de înaltă calitate în cadrul Şcolii Europene Bucureşti.

*Numai şcolile autorizate de IBO pot oferi cele trei programe academice: Programul ciclului primar (PYP), Programul ciclului gimnazial (MYP), Programul de Diplomă (DP) - ultimul oferă posibilitatea obţinerii diplomei de Bacalaureat Internaţional.

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