IB Singapore (2020)

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What is IB?

International Baccalaureate or IB, is an international educational foundation founded in 1968 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

More than 5,000 schools and over 70,000 teachers have chosen to teach International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes, with more than one million students worldwide.

Generally, fees are higher at IB schools since annual fees has to be made to the International Baccalaureate Organization as well as the provision for staff training.

 

IB Curriculum VS A Level

The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups where

The three core elements 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, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

and the six subject groups are:

  • Studies in language and literature
  • Language acquisition
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The arts

On the other hand, the A-Level recommended curriculum is three H2 subjects and one H1 subject, of which, one of them must be a contrasting subject, in addition to

  • Mother Tongue language
  • General paper
  • Project work

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) carried out a research on International Baccalaureate students against A level students studying at UK higher education institutions (HEI) for 2012-2013 cohort. It shows that overall, IB diploma students compare favourably against A level students at HEIs in the UK.

University Enrollment for IB Diploma and A Level Students

 

 

 

 

Summary by IBO:

Results based on advanced analysis showed that IB diploma students were significantly more likely than their A level peers to attend a top 20 HEI.

Additionally, IB diploma students had a significantly greater likelihood of earning a first-class honours degree than did A level students.

Lastly, IB diploma students were significantly more likely to be engaged in further study after university graduation, while A level students were significantly more likely to join the workforce, without further study.

However according to the Ministry of Education:

A-Level and IB are internationally benchmarked qualifications for university admission.

All qualifications are assessed equally rigorously during the admission process and no qualification is accorded any advantage or disadvantage

IB Scores

The highest total available for a Diploma Programme student is 45 points.

Scores are based on the grades of 1 to 7 awarded for each of the six subjects, for a total of 42 points, and up to 3 additional points for the core components.

IB Schools in Singapore

The following is a list of top IB schools in Singapore:

United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA)

  • Website: https://www.uwcsea.edu.sg
  • Email: admissions@uwcsea.edu.sg
  • Contact:
    • Dover Campus – +65 6774 2653
    • East Campus – +65 6305 5353
  • Total cohort size:
    • Dover Campus – 3,000
    • East Campus – 2,557
  • Established: 1971
  • Address:
    • Dover Campus – 1207 Dover Road, Singapore 139654
    • East Campus – 1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528704

Global Indian International School Singapore (GIIS)

  • Website: https://singapore.globalindianschool.org
  • Email: admissions.sg@globalindianschool.org
  • Contact: +65 9631 6000
  • Established: 2002
  • Address:
    • SMART Campus – 27 Punggol Field Walk, Singapore – 828649
    • East Coast Campus – 82 Cheviot Hill, Singapore – 459663

Tanglin Trust School

  • Website: https://www.tts.edu.sg
  • Email: admissions@tts.edu.sg
  • Contact: +65 6778 0771
  • Total cohort size: 2,824
  • Established: 1925
  • Address: 95 Portsdown Road Singapore 139299

SJI International

  • Website: https://www.sji-international.com.sg
  • Email: admissions.hs@sji-international.com.sg
  • Contact: +65 6353 9383
  • Total cohort size: 1,700
  • Established: 2007
  • Address: 95 Portsdown Road Singapore 139299

Dulwich College (Singapore)

  • Website: https://singapore.dulwich.org/
  • Email: admissions@dulwich-singapore.edu.sg
  • Contact: +65 6890 1003
  • Total cohort size: 2,250
  • Established: 2014
  • Address: 71 Bukit Batok West Avenue 8, Singapore, 658966

Australian International School Singapore (AIS Singapore)

  • Website: https://www.ais.com.sg
  • Email: admissions@ais.com.sg
  • Contact: +65 6653 2956
  • Total cohort size:
  • Established: 1993
  • Address: 1 Lorong Chuan, Singapore 556818

Stamford American International School (SAIS)

  • Website: https://www.sais.edu.sg
  • Email: admissions@sais.edu.sg
  • Contact: +65 6709 4800
  • Total cohort size: 2,824
  • Established: 2009
  • Address:
    • Woodleigh Campus –  1 Woodleigh Lane (Off Upper Serangoon Road), Singapore 357684
    • Early Learning Village –  3 Chuan Lane, Gate 4, Singapore 554350

Canadian International School Singapore (CIS Singapore)

  • Website: https://www.cis.edu.sg
  • Email:
    • Lakeside Campus – lakesidecampus@cis.edu.sg
    • Tanjong Katong – tkcampus@cis.edu.sg
  • Contact:
    • Lakeside Campus – +65 6467 1732
    • Tanjong Katong Campus – +65 6345 1573
  • Total cohort size: 3,000
  • Established: 1989
  • Address:
    • Lakeside Campus – 7 Jurong West Street 41 Singapore 649414
    • Tanjong Katong Campus – 371 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437128

Anglo-Chinese School International (ACS International) Singapore

  • Website: https://www.acsinternational.edu.sg/en/home-7/
  • Email: admission@acsinternational.edu.sg
  • Contact: +65 6472 1477
  • Total cohort size: 1,000
  • Established: 2005
  • Address: 61 Jalan Hitam Manis, Singapore 278475

Nexus International School Singapore

  • Website: https://www.nexus.edu.sg
  • Email: enquiry@nexus.edu.sg
  • Contact: +65 6536 6566
  • Total cohort size: 900
  • Established: 2011
  • Address: 1 Aljunied Walk, Singapore 387293

Dover Court International School Nord Anglia Education

  • Website: https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/singapore
  • Email: admissions@dovercourt.edu.sg
  • Contact: +65 6775 7664
  • Total cohort size: 1,650
  • Established: 1972
  • Address: 301 Dover Rd, Singapore 139644

German European School Singapore (GESS)

  • Website: https://www.gess.sg
  • Email: info@gess.sg
  • Contact: +65 6461 0881
  • Total cohort size: 1,800
  • Established: 1971
  • Address: 2 Dairy Farm Lane, Singapore 677621

One World International School (OWIS SG)

  • Website: https://www.owis.org/
  • Email: admissions@owis.org
  • Contact: +65 6914 6700
  • Established: 2008
  • Address: 21 Jurong West Street 81, Singapore 649075

 

Overseas Family School (OFS)

  • Website: https://www.ofs.edu.sg
  • Email: enquiry@ofs.edu.sg
  • Contact: +65 6738 0211
  • Total cohort size: >3,000
  • Established: 1991
  • Address: 81 Pasir Ris Heights, Singapore 519292

GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

  • Website: https://www.gwa.edu.sg
  • Email: admissions@gwa.edu.sg
  • Contact: +65 6808 7300
  • Established: 2014
  • Address: 2 Yishun Street 42, Singapore 768039

Hwa Chong International School (HCIS)

  • Website: http://www.hcis.edu.sg
  • Email: admissions@hcis.edu.sg
  • Contact: +65 6464 7077
  • Total cohort size: 800
  • Established: 2005
  • Address: 681 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269782

Chatsworth International School

  • Website: https://international.chatsworth.com.sg
  • Email: information.bt@chatsworth.com.sg
  • Contact: +65 6463 3201
  • Established: 1995
  • Address: 72 Bukit Tinggi Road, Singapore 289760

NPS International

  • Website: https://www.npsinternational.com.sg
  • Email: register@npsinternational.edu.sg
  • Contact: +65 6294 2400
  • Established: 2008
  • Address: 10 and 12 Chai Chee Lane, Singapore – 469021 and 469022

ISS International School

  • Website: http://www.iss.edu.sg
  • Email: admissions@iss.edu.sg
  • Contact: +65 6475 4188
  • Established: 1981
  • Address: 21 Preston Road Singapore 109355

Hillside World Academy

  • Website: https://www.hwa.edu.sg
  • Email: enquiries@hwa.edu.sg
  • Contact: +65 6254 0200
  • Established: 2006
  • Address: 11 Hillside Drive, Singapore 548926

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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