Ribbins earns baccalaureate

A Cayman International student has
graduated with an international baccalaureate diploma.

Taylor Ribbins earned the
distinction in the programme that is globally recognised as the most rigorous
and prestigious high school curriculum for students anywhere in the world.

There are 138 countries around the
world authorised in this programme, with 2,201 schools offering this diploma.

Universities around the world
welcome the IB diploma programme students and recognise the way in which the
programme helps to prepare students for university-level education, according
to a press release announcing Taylor’s honour.

Students who earn this diploma have
significantly higher acceptance rates to the most prestigious universities and
all higher education institutions across the globe and are granted college
credits for their accomplishments.

What is IB?

IB is an educational philosophy and
a formalised curriculum.

Over the course of the two-year IB
programme, students study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups,
complete a formalised extended essay, follow a theory of knowledge course, and
participate in creativity, action, service.

The IB organisation states: “The
aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally-minded people who,
recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet,
helping to create a better and more peaceful world.”

The IB educational philosophy is
translated into action through the IB Learner Profile.

This profile guides IB students in striving
to be inquirers, communicators, knowledgeable, thinkers, principled,
open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.

Students take final written
examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB
examiners, not teachers at individual schools.

Students also complete assessment
tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then
moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

The diploma is awarded to students
who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance
across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity,
action, service requirement.

The highest total that a diploma
programme student can be awarded is 45 points.

Any school wishing to offer the
diploma programme and attain IB status must first go through the authorization
process.

After completing the process,
Cayman International School became the only school on island authorised to
issue the IB diploma.

From the graduating class of 2010,
all five students who took IB exams earned IB certificates and some college
credit.

Taylor chose to pursue the full IB
diploma and earned enough points to achieve this honour.

This year at CIS, 11 students will
take IB exams.

Cayman International School will
host an IB information night this spring for anyone interested in learning more
about the programme.