Prospective pupils and parents in Aberdeen will have a chance to learn about the benefits of the International Baccalaureate curriculum and also see the new premises of the International School of Aberdeen at a series of open events next week.
The International Baccalaureate will be the focus on Wednesday, March 2, at 7pm, when prospective pupils and parents will be able to find out more about the curriculum and how it is well-established as an entry qualification for UK universities.
Then, on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, the International School of Aberdeen is holding open days at its campus on North Deeside Road in Pitfodels, Aberdeen. On Friday the school will be open to visitors from 10am to 2pm and on Saturday from 9am to 2pm.
Commenting on the International Baccalaureate, Dan Hovde, Director of the International School of Aberdeen, said:
“The International School of Aberdeen was the first school in Scotland to offer the International Baccalaureate. Clearly it fits well with our role as an international school, but what is perhaps not so well known is that the IB is an excellent entry qualification for UK universities.
“We find the International Baccalaureate offers a well-rounded education. Subjects are not taught in isolation. Students choose six courses, three which they take at higher level and three at a lower level. They also have to complete an extended essay, which could be seen as preparing them for a university thesis.
“At the evening event on Wednesday (March 2) we’ll be focussing on how the International Baccalaureate performs as a university qualification in the UK. We want to get the message across that the International School of Aberdeen has a lot to offer for students from Aberdeen. We are not just for international students.”
In the past three years, out of almost 100 students from the International School of Aberdeen who have gone on to a university education in Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the United States, around a third have gone to UK universities.
The International Baccalaureate was founded in 1968 in Geneva. It is an internationally-recognised qualification for students aged 16 to 19, offered at some 100 schools and colleges across the UK.