29、What are the benefits and advantages of IBDP curriculum?
Currently there are 3510 schools in 144 different countries worldwide that are members of the IB diploma program offering IB curriculum synchronously. Worldwide IB students share the same curriculum and syllabus and take the same final IB exam each year. The problems appearing in the examination, the scoring criteria and the scoring process are all planned and managed by the IB headquarters.
Students in IB program graduate with the IB diploma which are granted by the IB headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland and they are recognized by thousands of colleges and universities of higher education worldwide. IB diploma holders enjoy the benefits of being able to enter worldwide colleges and universities without the need to take local college entrance examinations. Usually IB diploma holders only need to pass the lowest admission IB score when making the college applications, which makes the applicants well aware of the directions to go even before the IB examination. Many universities give special preferences to IB graduates with high scores, for instance, some excellent IB graduates may be waived of all courses for the first year in college and they may directly start as sophomore students; others are waived of some first year courses partially.
For examples, these special preferences given to IB graduates are readily available in Oxford University, Cambridge University, London School of Economics and Politics, the Imperial College in the UK as well as Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University in the US. The IB diploma program not only requires a high academic level but also it takes into consideration the respect for different cultures and dynamic language backgrounds of students. So whether students come from an English speaking country or a non-English speaking country, they can all compete in a fair way under the IB structure, striving to make their highest academic achievements to enter top universities in the world.
30、How are the academic scores on the high school transcript evaluated and converted when students a
Usually only course grades for the first and second years in high school are needed for college application. The GPA calculation formula is listed as follows:
The final grade for each course in each semester in Huijia IB High School (raw score total 7, consistent with IB standard) comprises of 30% regular performance, 30% mid-term score and 40% final exam score. So the final grade is not taken from one single exam.
31、What are the characteristic abilities of IB diploma holders after going through the IB curriculum
In addition to the ten great merits possessed by IB graduates, feedbacks from universities in different countries confirm that IB graduates tend to excel in the following aspects:
Critical thinking, not inclined to follow authorities blindly
Knowing how to learn
Ability to carry out independent research and good collaboration ability
Effective communication skills
Understanding of different cultures and international mindedness
Mastering two or more languages
Huijia IB high school was authorized in October 1997 and it has been 22 years since Huijia admitted the first batch of IB students in 1998. Huijia is the first IB high school in China to admit Chinese students. In Huijia’s 22 years of experience, a number of excellent management staff and talented teaching members have come to Huijia and choose to stay here to form a strong IB education team. Many of the IB teachers here in Huijia are really experienced (many are IB examiners themselves).
Huijia teachers are very familiar with Chinese students and they know the advantages and disadvantages of our students fairly well so that they can better lead the directions and help students avoid potential pitfalls and go straight to academic success by entering top universities to their satisfaction.
32、How are the IB courses compared to the AP courses in terms of level of difficulty?
The AP courses work as a kind of supplement in the US high school education system. The AP courses cater excellent US high school students to study the college level courses in advance when they are content with the basic high school courses and want to push further to a higher level. But the AP is nothing but an examination of knowledge with the only goal to help good students to save time, money by transferring credits when entering college. While the IB curriculum forms a self-complete education and evaluation system putting its goal in fostering the ten great merits possessed by IB students. It is ability cultivation oriented through the carrier of knowledge. Only in terms of knowledge difficulty can we claim that the higher level IB courses are on par with the AP courses.
33、What kinds of students are more appropriate for the IB curriculum?
As all courses in Huijia except the Chinese course are lectured exclusively in English, the primary qualification is the English ability of the students; the second requirement is the self-initiative in independent study. Therefore, students with relatively good English ability and strong learning initiatives are especially welcome to join the IB diploma program in Huijia.
34、What is the IB diploma acquisition rate? What if some students cannot get the IB diploma when the
The IB diploma acquisition rate is about 85% each year. Those graduates without the IB diploma can still go to college (especially the US colleges and universities), because most colleges and universities appreciate the advanced IB education principles and the rigorous scientific evaluation, as well as the strong abilities and overall personal quality of IB students. Academic performance is not the only evaluation criterion for college admission.
35、What is the proportion of Huijia students admitted by the US top 30 universities and colleges?
There are quite a few numbers of different rankings for US universities and colleges based on different kinds of classification, for example, ranking based on overall index, ranking based on a certain major. In addition there are regional differences for such ranking too. In Huijia, roughly more than 200 students graduate each year. Data in recent years shows that more than 50% of them entered the top 50 US colleges and universities.
36、How are new students supposed to choose the right courses after entrance?
New students to Huijia will be provided with detailed instructions and advices on course selection from experienced teachers and senior teachers, who will also give lectures to lead students to the right track. Some students from the 10th 11th grade will also be invited to the lecture to share their course selection experience. Generally speaking, new students will be given about half a month to try out different courses. The mid-term exam in the first semester will be corresponding adjusted to make sure that new students successfully sign up for their desired appropriate courses.