OUR IB ADVANTAGE

With over 50 years of experience, the internationally respected IB Programmes offer a continuum of learning from Senior Kindergarten through Year 12 with a focus on the growth of the whole student — on their academic and personal achievements.

IB students love learning and are motivated to succeed, and the benefits begin early.

The IB framework at ABA supports a continuum of education oriented around:

A focus on students and their development, with a program for every age and stage of their development.

Teaching children how to learn; the intentional teaching of learning skills such as study skills, self-management and organisation.

A commitment to teaching best practice from K3 to Grade 12.

 

 

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

—International Baccalaureate

 

Hear From Two Top Universities

The IB definitely has research, and institutions have done it as well, to show that there is a higher success rate of IB students in the first year or two of college.

Debra Von Bargen, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Stanford University

 

 

 

They [IB] are very rigorous and consistent in their grading which makes for a more reliable admissions decision.

Andrew Arida, Director, Undergraduate Admissions,  University of British Columbia

 

 

Good to Know

What do University Admissions Counselors Say about IB Students? 

Leading Universities Look Closely at IB Students. 

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, MARILYN MCGRATH LEWIS, ASST. DEAN OF ADMISSIONS

Success in an IB program correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Program on the transcript.” GPA is not nearly as important a factor in university admission as the IB Diploma. If a student has to choose, choose the Diploma over protecting the GPA.

SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE, THYRA L. BRIGGS, DEAN OF ENROLLMENT

In our minds, there is no more challenging curriculum than the IB curriculum. Not only does it prepare students for a demanding college program, but the IB curriculum also instills in students a love of learning and an understanding of the truly interdisciplinary nature of education. Instead of working on each subject in a vacuum, IB students are shown how each of their classes connects both with the other classes and with the world around them. At Sarah Lawrence College, we are very cautious about granting advanced standing credit for any course work that is done before a student enters college. In the case of students who are completing the full IB diploma, however, we are willing to grant students an entire year’s worth of credit due to the intensely rigorous nature of the program. Unlike the AP curriculum, which is often done piecemeal, students enrolling in the full IB diploma are receiving a comprehensive and challenging education, which is unlike any other. I only wish that my stepson had the opportunity to be part of this curriculum.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, PAMELA HORNE, ASSISTANT TO THE PROVOST FOR ENROLLMENT AND DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS

My eyes light up when I see ‘International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme’ on a transcript. Students who apply to Michigan State University with IB credentials are assumed to be mature, curious, and creative. They have proven to be successful in a rigorous program that is both broad and deep in its content and intellectual challenge. On campus, IB graduates move with ease in a diverse and global university that demands intercultural skill and adaptability. The challenge of completing an IB diploma means that a student has engaged in the kind of rigorous work that is likely to help them become not just an outstanding college student and citizen of the world, but an exceptional one.”

 

BROWN UNIVERSITY, PANETHA OTT, ADMISSIONS OFFICE

I don’t think there is anyone who does not respect the I.B.

MASSACHUSETTES INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MARILEE JONES, FORMER DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION

Send us prepared students a la IB. . . It is the ‘best’ high school prep curriculum an American school can offer.

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS, HRILINA LOCK, UNDERGRADATE ADMISSIONS MANAGER

Diploma Programme students are well-rounded, multi-faceted, multi-skilled, and have studied in depth.  They have good time-management skills. They score higher than other students in other national systems, and the IB score is worldwide the same measure.

VIRGINIA TECH, DR. EUGENE CARSON

. . . IB students who attended that university (Virginia Tech) as freshmen significantly outperformed all other freshmen, including students who had taken Advanced Placement courses.

ABA Oman International School

is the only IB World Continuum School in Oman

ABA is the first and only school in Muscat to offer three levels of the International Baccalaureate program - the IB Primary Years  (PYP), the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programmes (DP) - the gold standard in University preparation.

 

The IB Learner Profile

The IB learner profile paints a picture of the whole person as a lifelong learner.

Students' learning in the IB is inquiry based and focussed on critical thinking, allowing them to develop not only their academic skills, but also their character. The IB learner profile, which lists 10 attributes that IB programs seek to develop in students. This profile represents an International Baccalaureate graduating student. It is a common set of values, developed in all three IB programmes (PYP, MYP, DP) that transcend international boundaries and help develop internationally minded people. 

 

Students as well as staff are encouraged to recognise and support these attributes with everyone in our community. An easy example would be commending a child for being caring when looking after a new student, or for a quiet child being a risk-taker when speaking during a whole school assembly. It is the responsibility of all members of the school community to model these attributes. 

PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME

FOR STUDENTS Kingergarten 1 to Grade 5

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
 

MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME

FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 6 to 10

MIDDLE SCHOOL:  GRADES 6 to 8
HIGH SCHOOL: GRADES 9 and 10
 

Diploma PROGRAMME

FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 11 and 12

HIGH SCHOOL
 

How does the IB compare to a country curriculum (e.g. American, British, Australian)?

Country curriculums are based on a teaching method of providing content of information to students to remember and regurgitate of which a percentage of that content is based on the country of origin. The International Baccalaureate (IB) chooses to define ‘international education’ according to the following criteria.

  • Developing citizens of the world in relation to culture, language and learning to live together.

  • Building and reinforcing students’ sense of identity and cultural awareness.

  • Fostering students’ recognition and the development of universal human values.

  • Stimulating curiosity and inquiry in order to foster a spirit of discovery and enjoyment of learning.

  • Equipping students with the skills to learn and acquire knowledge, individually or collaboratively, and to apply these skills and knowledge accordingly across a broad range of areas.

  • Providing international content while responding to local requirements and interests

  • Encouraging diversity and flexibility in teaching methods.

  • Providing appropriate forms of assessment and international benchmarking.

2017 Annual SURVEY of UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS OFFICERS

 

If studying at ABA, how will my child cope when moving back home or to another type of curriculum?

We encourage students to become more knowledgeable about the world. Our curriculum is in line with international expectations and catered to meet individual needs. We focus upon conceptual understanding through inquiry in our challenging, relevant and engaging units. We teach the skills to be lifelong learners in all subject areas. Students will develop communication, research, thinking, social and self-management skills. We develop positive attitudes to learning. We encourage students to show the following attitudes: appreciation, commitment, curiosity, confidence, cooperation, creativity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance. We expect students to take positive action to make a positive impact. We expect students to take positive action in their daily lives and we provide opportunities for students to take action to impact the wider community.

Through the process of inquiry-based learning and the application of the transdisciplinary skills and attitudes. Parents can be confident that their children, learning in an IB curriculum will be able to move back to home country’s or new schools with ease and confidence. With their independent academic skills, global understanding and with mature social and emotional abilities, they will be able to academically maintain their maximum potential and they will also have the social skills to enable them to engage and transition into their new community quickly.

ABA's IB Diploma opens doors

The Class of 2020! averaged a score of 35 points which is the equivalent at A-Level of A*A*A, and the ABA average far exceeds a world average of 29.7 points. The maximum number of points in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is 45.

Congratulations go to Fatma Hani al Bahrani (Omani) who achieved a perfect score on the IB Diploma Programme.  What’s also unique about Fatma and her Diploma is she received a Bilingual IB Diploma which required her to successfully study two Language and Literature A courses, one in English and the other in Arabic.  This fantastic result puts Fatma in the top 0.2% of IB DP graduates world-wide.  Fatma is off to the University College London, to study Information Management for Business.

Thomas Dupont (French) achieved a near-perfect score of 44 placing him in the top 0.83% of IB DP graduates. 

In addition to these individual successes, four students scored 43 points to place amongst the top 2% of IB DP graduates globally.

23% of our graduating class (15 students) scored 40 or more points putting them in the top 8% of global IB Diploma graduates. These students are off to top-tier universities around the world.

The breadth of opportunities at ABA combined with the school's reputation for all-round excellence distinguishes our grads internationally. With IB scores an average of four points above the world average, ABA grads are well-equipped to head on to top universities in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and around the world. Plus, not only do our grads gain admission to the schools of their choice – they thrive there.