International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

1st International School of Ostrava – mezinárodní gymnázium, s.r.o.  is an authorized school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and is a part of the world school community as an IB World School.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a  diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of  international education that share a powerful vision.**

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate  status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

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**Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who  help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end  the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging  programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students  across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

It means that first DP cohort will begin its´ study in September 2021.

What is an International Baccalaureate?

  • Pupils can complete the eight-year study programme not only with a mandatory graduation exam, but also with the international IB Diploma exam
  • International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers international educational programme of high quality. There are more than 1.4 million IB students at 5400 schools and 158 countries.

The IB Diploma Programme Curriculum

The IB Diploma Programme Curriculum; students study six subjects in the IB Diploma Programme. Three at a higher level and three at standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of the six groups of subjects. This ensures breadth of education in languages, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics.

Additionally to the six compulsory subjects IB Diploma Programme requires the study of three core subjects that broaden education and experiences whilst encouraging students to apply their knowledge and acquired skills.

The Extended Essay

An essay is a mandatory component for DP students. An essay of 4,000 words provides students with the opportunity to explore and delve deeper into the secrets of one of the six subjects that interests them and which they choose. This component develops students’ skills to independently seek and independently create a piece of work, which will be required later at the universities.

Theory of knowledge (TOK) - Theory of knowledge

This is an interdisciplinary course which is essential to the educational philosophy of the Diploma Programme. It is designed to support the student to critically reflect their knowledge of the taught subjects . It provides an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know.

Creativity, activity, service (CAS)

This course is also a fundamental part of the Diploma Programme. The aim of the course is for the students to be actively involved in various activities outside the classroom. It is supported by their ability to perceive the world outside the classroom. It’s a nice balance of academic study.