dar al marefa strives to build a consistent, challenging and safe learning environment that supports each child in exploring his or her full potential. Our students will be lifelong learners who will always be proud of who they are, cherish their own values and beliefs, respect differences and other cultures and are hence ready to join the world with open-mindedness, tolerance and confidence.
IB MISSION STATEMENT
“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.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
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.”
Taken from the IBO website www.ibo.org
INTRODUCTION TO THE IB
Since 1968 the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) has been offering a challenging pre-university programme for students around the world. The IBO now offers 4 programmes to provide “a truly international education” (IBO.org) to over 1 million students in almost 4000 private and state schools. There is increasing evidence that an IB education really does benefit students as they go into higher education and careers. The International Baccalaureate is based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Examinations Office is located in Cardiff, Wales in the United Kingdom.
The IB covers four programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP), along with the Career-related Certificate (IBCC).
Only schools officially approved by the IB Organization are authorized to offer and to present candidates for examinations. dar al marefa is a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization.
The IB Diploma Program (DP) is a rigorous pre-university course of studies, leading to external examinations that meet the needs of highly motivated secondary students between the ages of 16 and 19 years. Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum, the diploma model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of many.
IB Diploma Programme Framework
The above model provides a visual depiction of the DP’s various components which make it such an exceptional holistic programme. These include:
Taken from the IBO website www.ibo.org
IB AT dar al marefa
Dar al marefa was authorized to deliver the Primary Years Programme in 2013. Dar al marefa is a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme. The Diploma Programme was authorized in July 2014 and we are looking forward to seeing our first DP cohort graduating in 2016.
The IB mission matches with the school philosophy and we firmly believe that all students should have the opportunity to benefit from this innovative, internationally minded programme.
As part of our school philosophy, that we share with the IB, we believe in students being bilingual and thus we offer Arabic and English as Language A. The purpose of Arabic is to keep them close to their roots and culture and that of English is to enable them to be fluent and functional in another language. At dar al marefa, the students are exposed to both the languages at pre- primary stage. We believe strongly in multilingualism and have therefore implemented the teaching of Arabic and English for all our MYP 1 – MYP 5 (Middle Years Programme) through to IB Diploma.
DIPLOMA PROGRAMME AT dar al marefa
The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at dar al marefa builds on our IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP), which is the course of study in Grades 6-10 (age 11-16). The IBDP is a two-year (Grades 11-12, or age 16-19) international curriculum that allows students to fulfill the requirements for entrance to university.
Diploma Candidate students should choose the IB courses and level based on their academic strengths and weaknesses, interests, and future education plans. It is strongly recommended that students consult with parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, and the IB coordinator as decisions are made about course selections. Feel free to set up individual conferences with the IB Coordinator.
The academic subjects that will be offered at dar al marefa (in 2014) are as follows:
GROUP 1: Studies in Language and Literature
Arabic A-Language & literature
GROUP 2: Language Acquisition
GROUP 3: Individuals and Societies
Business and Management Higher Level (online)
GROUP 4: Experimental Sciences
Biology Standard Level
Chemistry Higher Level
GROUP 5: Mathematics and Computer Science
GROUP 6: The Arts and Electives
Visual Arts Higher Level
As an alternative to Visual Arts, a candidate may take another subject from Groups 1-5. Please see the DP coordinator for subject combinations