Bilkent High School was extremely proud to have been awarded authorisation as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in November 2008 and began teaching IB Diploma Programme (DP) subjects from September 2009. The IB DP encompasses a challenging two year curriculum, aimed primarily at students aged 16 – 19, which leads to an internationally recognised qualification. The IB Diploma encourages students to develop an inquiry based approach to learning, focussing more on critical analysis, thinking skills and personal expression than simply learning a collection of facts.
Students are encouraged to:
- ask challenging questions;
- learn how to learn;
- develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture;
- communicate openly and with understanding with those from different countries and cultures
- become world citizens.
The development and delivery of the programme has been effective and the 2014 graduating IB class, the fourth cohort of graduates, achieved an average of 35, with a range of scores between 30 and 40, well above the world average (29.81). Many graduates from the High School choose to pursue their studies in Bilkent University where, for example, those with the IB Diploma enjoy certain privileges, as is the case in other top Turkish Foundation Universities.
Bilkent High School continues to grow in strength with particular emphasis on providing professional development opportunities for attending teacher conferences in Turkey, or IB training courses. The latter are either held in countries across Europe, or online.
Bilkent University Graduate School of Education (GSE) is an authorised provider of the IB Educator Teacher Award, with only a few universities worldwide having such authority. Bilkent University GSE recently completed research on behalf of IB for all Turkish world school institutions, looking at the impact of the IB on student success at University, which is the first of its kind in Turkey, with the findings due to be published over the coming months.
The High School has 4 IB external examiners on its staff. High school staff also help train new teachers to the profession either through mentoring practicum students from Bilkent University GSE, or through teaching on credit bearing courses on their Masters in Education Programme.
Bilkent Schools are committed to excellence in teaching and strive to constantly improve student learning through maintaining high classroom standards of education. It is a policy within Bilkent University that all personnel, including the Rector and Director, teach. The classroom should be a familiar place for all members of the school community grappling with the challenges of providing quality learning opportunities to its students and its staff.
Many parents have specific questions and concerns about the IB Diploma. If you are such a parent, now there is a resource specifically written for you. The concise 30 page document posted below addresses such questions as:
- What is the IB diploma Programme?
- What makes it different from other educational programmes?
- Is it a suitable programme for my child?
- Is it a good idea for my school to offer this programme?
- What questions should I ask the school?
- How can I help my child making the best of the IB?
Please download the ‘Parents and Students Guide to IB’ for more information and help in answering the above questions.
*Please note that much of the information explained above referring to the International Baccalaureate is taken from www.ibo.org