Educational Concept Covering Development from Kindergarten up to International University Entrance Qualification
This is a concept that we are pleased and proud to make public, commencing this school year 2018/2019; from Kindergarten through an internationally recognized university entrance qualification. The German Embassy School follows a German State Curriculum from classes 1 to 10, leading to an official examination qualifying the candidates for further education in the upper classes 11 and 12 for the mixed language International Baccalaurate Diploma Programme, which is also offered at our school in Ankara. In addition to the intensive maths and science courses taught in our school, a large number of language courses are available. German and English are the teaching languages, plus Turkish, French, Spanish. The humanities, music, arts and sports play a vital role in the curriculum. Special intensive language courses for German and English are offered to those students who need help in achieving the required standard of fluency.
IB Diploma Programme DP Model
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE THE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a challenging two-year pre-university curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification (the IB diploma) that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities, including the Federal Republic of Germany.
In 1968 the first programme offered by the IB, the Diploma Programme, was established. It sought to provide a challenging yet balanced education that would facilitate geographic and cultural mobility by providing an internationally recognized university entrance qualification that would also serve the deeper purpose of promoting intercultural understanding and respect.
The students applying to join the IB Diploma Programme in The ERS- Ankara School, will be accepted after fulfilling one of the following requirements:
a. a successful entrance assessment test after the 10th grade from German Curriculum
b. having the right to attend the “sixth form college” (German Oberstufe)
c. Transferring from another IB School to the ERS-Ankara.
The IB is not only an internationally recognized university entrance qualification, but also the whole concept is designed to address the needs of internationally mobile students.
Students are required to study languages, sciences, mathematics and “individual and societies” subjects, allowing for a depth of knowledge in some subjects acquiring a broader range in others.As a result, this programme encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. 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.
IB Diploma Requirements:
Students must take 3 Higher Level (HL) and three Standard Level(SL) courses . One course from each of group 1-5, and a 6th subject from either group 6 or any other group.
- Higher Level (HL)
240 recommended hours
- Standard Level (SL)
150 recommended hours
- Complete Core requirements: EE, CAS, TOK (see below)
In addition to the academic subjects, three important features of IB are shown in the centre of the model as the core parts:
- Theory of Knowledge (TOK):
A challenging course unique to the IB, that requires at least 100 teaching hours over the two-year programme, with the aim to develop a critical approach and ability to question the basis of knowledge.
- Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS):
The CAS programme encourages students to get involved in projects such as theatre, sports, music and community service activities for personal development through experiential learning.
- Extended Essay (EE):
An essay of 4000 words- as a result of approximately 40 hours of private study of a subject of special interest -is selected, researched and documented by the DP student.
Required Subjects offered:
- German A Literature (HL) in German
- History of Europe (HL) in German
- Biology (HL) in German
- English A Language & Literature (SL) in English
- Mathematics (SL) in English
- TOK in German
- CAS in German & English
Elective Subjects offered:
- Physics – SL in English
- French B – SL in French
- Spanish AB – SL in Spanish L
IB Learner Profile
We s t r i v e to be
r i s k – t a k e r s
i n q u i r e r s
b a l a n c e d
t h i n k e r s
c a r i n g
o p e n – m i n d e d
c o m mu n i c a t o r s
p r i n c i p l e d
k n o w l e d g e a b l e
r e f l e c t i v e
Approaches to Teaching & Learning Skills (ATL):
- ATL are deliberate strategies, skills and attitudes that are passed on by the IB teaching and learning environment.
- ATL supports the IB belief that students’ education is not only what they learn but also how they learn. Teaching students how to learn by themselves has always been a part of IB teaching.
The skills to be assessed:
- Thinking skills
- Communications skills
- Social skills
- Self-management skills
- Research skills
The statement mission of ERS
The mission of The Privatschule der Deutschen Botschaft (ERS) is to prepare students to become life-long learners and positive contributors to their local and global communities. Tolerance, a sense of responsibility, respect for other cultures, the environment and nature characterise all of our thinking and actions. Politely dealing with one another and helpfulness are as important as motivation and skillfulness. The students will be able to compete with others internationally in several different fields and will be flexible in adapting to new situations.
International-Mindedness in IB
International-mindedness is the key to having a better understanding, appreciation of one another and respecting the others ideas; in fact, it is a way of thinking. In today’s troubled world, international-mindedness may be the best way to convey a brighter and more peaceful future.
The school ensures that the students understand the importance of being honest and fair in all that they do. Students should be conscious about authenticity in their work and respect the intellectual property of others. Also, fair behaviour in tests and diploma examinations is expected and enforced.
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