Covid 19 - IB Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

As an organization, it is critical for the IB to ensure that the options it provides its global community of IB World Schools are based on compassion and fairness for the difficult circumstances that its students and educators are experiencing. As a result, based on considerable advice from stakeholders across the globe, including schools, students, universities and official bodies, the IB has determined what it believes to be the most responsible and ethical way forward.

The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held.

Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student’s coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.

We know parents and student will have many questions. The IB will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by 27 March 2020.

For any other questions, please contact me via ursula.schatz@gibs.at.

Thank you and stay well.

Graz, March 23 2020

Ursula Schatz

What is the IBDP?

The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year programme available to students aged 16 to 19, which has an international focus, is recognized worldwide and opens doors to leading universities everywhere. It is currently offered in about 150 countries around the globe; IB students thus become part of a greater community united by the same mission statement and learner profile.

The IBDP Curriculum

The Diploma Programme’s Core consists of the Extended Essay (EE), Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Activity & Service (CAS). In addition to these core components, students choose six subjects at two different levels. This enables students to tailor their subject choices to suit their interests and future plans and provide them with a solid educational foundation.

For more details go to www.ibo.org

Who is the IDBP for?

The IB Diploma Programme is aimed at young people aged 16-19 who seek a demanding, yet rewarding, broad and balanced education based on the IB learner profile.

GIBS IBDP students will acquire two diplomas, the IBDP and the Austrian Standardisierte Reifeprüfung. The bilingual programme at GIBS starts in grade 5, the IB Diploma Programme is offered during the final years (in grades 11&12). IB preparation courses take place in grade 10, final exams in grade 12.

Admission

Admission to the IBDP is by selection. GIBS students apply in grade 9, two years prior to the start of the programme. International students can apply at any time and but have to sit a placement test in Mathematics and English. German (A, B or Ab Initio) is an obligatory subject.

Admission policy: download

Admission Criteria

The programme is open to GIBS students and to incoming international students with the appropriate language and academic skills. Admission is based on Styrian residency, the evaluation of interview results, previous academic performance, and on the number of places available. Applicants are ranked by the admissions team and the head of school.

Financial Commitment

GIBS is a state-funded Austrian Gymnasium. To cover additional costs for the Diploma Programme, IB students are required to pay a contribution to the GIBS Support Association as well as pay the IBDP registration and exam fees and buy IB textbooks.

The Association of Central European IB Schools (ACES) represents and promotes the educational and public interests of IB member schools and their communities, ‘working together to support learning‘.
As a community we foster sharing among member schools and support professional development.

Contact

Ursula Schatz, IBDP coordinator ursula.schatz@gibs.at

Sonja Hermann, Deputy coordinator sonja.hermann@gibs.at

Imelda Görög, Head of GIBS imelda.goeroeg@gibs.at

Graz International Bilingual School

Georgigasse 85

8020 Graz +43 05 0248 021

www.gibs.at

The Association of Central European IB Schools (ACES) represents and promotes the educational and public interests of IB member schools and their communities, ‘working together to support learning‘.
As a community we foster sharing among member schools and support professional development.