IB-FAQ's

We provide textbooks of Oxford/Cambridge/Pearson/IBID publications to students for MYP and DP to have directional focus on contents specified in subjects at every grade level vertically articulated to the culmination of MYP at Grade 10 and DP at Grade 12. In case of PYP, the Homeroom teachers at every grade with collaborated effort referring to multiple resources available in our library and multi-media centre provide a Programme of Inquiry on six trans-disciplinary themes. In all the three programmes the contents and subject specific skills are developed in real-life and global contexts for an in-depth conceptual understanding. Hence it will not be driven through one textbook alone, instead multiple resources will be used during the course.
Like any state/national/international boards, IB does provide subject specific topics and contents for Grade 10 and Grade 12 external examinations. Keeping this outcome it will be aligned vertically from 12 to K, the year planner and unit planner are shared with students/parents in the beginning of the academic year.
While IB encourages different forms of communication skills and students are given the choice in PYP to present their assessment tasks, this generation students integrate technology and many a times choose oral and visual presentation. However, as they move on to MYP and DP there is a mandatory requirement of written tasks and assessment in subject specific skills demand extended and long response answers.
Certainly the POI on trans-disciplinary theme will ensure vertical and horizontal articulation of subject focus and wherever the effective connections are not possible, the fundamental subject specific skills are developed.
The tests or examinations are nothing but one of the summative assessment tasks conducted as per the requirement of criteria to be met on completion of the unit. Therefore, the students are not assessed only through tests or examinations, but also through various other forms of summative tasks recorded and reported.
The measure of academic rigour is not on the quantity of content but on the combined skill set of learning where the approach to learning skills are more emphasized on higher order cognitive skills apart from the fundamental skills, namely, knowledge, understanding and application. Depending upon the unit, the students will develop critical and creative thinking skills, research and transferrable skills, analytical and evaluating techniques, social and self management skills for team work collaboration and taking ownership, and finally communicating their ideas, knowledge in various forms validating multiple perspectives.
The IB curriculum by itself is academically rigorous and challenging and skill set developed are well suited for International level competitive examinations like SAT and provide the students a strong foundation for high ranked universities across the world which includes Indian Universities. The preparation for local level competitive examinations requires a different strategy and only coaching institutes make them competitive.
The school authorized to offer IB programmes pays a huge annual subscription fee to IB. During the process of authorization and as an ongoing process there is a huge amount incurred in procuring resources, providing facilities of international standards and equipping the teachers with training and professional development skills and hiring of high profile teachers.
The National curriculum board examinations are conducted during March whereas the culmination of IB curriculum programmes is during May. Hence the academic year for National curriculum is June to April and for IB it is from August to June.
Students are required to study six subjects and a curriculum core concurrently over two years. These include two languages (Group 1 and Group 2), one subject from individuals and societies (Group 3), one science (Group 4), one mathematics subject (Group 5), and one subject from the arts (Group 6) or another subject from the other groups, namely group 1 to 5. The curriculum core includes Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity Activity Service. It is essential that a pre-university education equips students with the depth of discipline-specific knowledge and skills that they will need to follow their chosen university course and for use later in their professional lives. Specialization is encouraged in the DP by expecting students to study three (with the possibility of studying four) subjects at a higher level (HL). This is balanced with a requirement for breadth by expecting students to study three more subjects at standard level (SL) (or two when four HL subjects are completed).

Please tick or circle the subjects below accordingly:

Level Group 1 Language and Literature Group 2 Language acquisition Group 3 Individuals and societies Group 4 Sciences Group 5 Mathematics Group 6* The Arts
Higher 1. English Language and Literature 1. Hindi B
2. French B
1. Economics
2. Business Management
3. History
1. Physiccs
2. Chemistry
3. Biology
Mathematics HL Visual Art
Standard 1. English Language and Literature 1. Hindi B
2. French ab initio
1. Environmental system and societies (ESS)
2. History
1. Environmental system and societies (ESS) Mathematics SL
Mathematical Studies SL
Visual Art

*Optional, that is in lieu of Group 6 another subject be chosen from Group 1 to 5

The final year DP examination session will be during May (first three weeks from Monday to Friday) and the results will be released on 5th July and on 6th July Indian equivalent percentage of marks will be delivered as IB Diploma Indian percentage transcript direct to Indian Universities. The last date for receipt of application in Anna University is 30th July. The scheduling of IB Diploma examinations can be adjusted within 24 hours in case there is a clash on local entrance examination date.
The examination fee for IB Diploma Programme will be collected separately at the time of registration of subjects with IB during DP Year 2 (November, i.e. six months before May examinations). The fees will be approximately INR 75000 for all six subjects and curriculum core subjects including registration fee.
As the Diploma Programme is a two year course and assessment tasks are carried out structured in two year time line, RIS do not take admissions in DP year 2 even if the student comes from another IB school.
At RIS there will be a bridge course called as Pre-IB program for over a month in the beginning of DP year 1 in order to make the students familiarize and equip with the pre required IB skills. The admission to DP Year 1 will be closed at the end of first week of September.