Within the scope of our International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) – which has been established & implemented in our Levent Campus since 2013 and in our high school in the Tepeören campus since 2018 – our students have graduated from the IB program according to the results of the examinations in November 2021. After the graduation ceremonies, held with enthusiasm, our IB students received both their Anatolian High School and their IB program diplomas.
All of our IB students in the November 2021 semester qualified for their diplomas with a 100% success rate. Also, two of the 238 students worldwide who have received 45 full points from the examinations are Terakki students. Again, two other students among 449 students worldwide are also Terakki students.
The grand point average for both of our campuses – our students in Levent Campus have an average of 37.03 and our Tepeören students a 36.37 – are well above the world average. Another important achievement of our students is that they are able to take the steps for their university goals which they will use to shape their future.
This year, within the scope of the November 2021 exam period of the IB Diploma Program (IBDP), 16.812 students from 113 countries around the world participated in an exam marathon that lasted approximately 3 weeks in order to qualify for the IB diploma after completing a 2-year education period. Following this challenging process and a long evaluation period, it was determined that 87.39% of the students who participated in the exams from all countries were qualified to receive a diploma. In addition, among all these students around the world, only 238 students succeeded in graduating with a full score of 45.
60% of Levent Campus students and 74% of Tepeören Campus previously chose to continue their education abroad. All of our students who applied for universities abroad have been accepted to various universities, have determined the universities to go for and are currently making their final preparations. Among the universities that have accepted our students are very prestigious institutions such as Tufts University, Eindhoven Technical University, Imperial College, Politecnico di Torino, Roma Sapienza, University of Padua, Royal Holloway, University of London, University of Amsterdam, University of British Columbia, University of Edinburgh, Kings College, Leiden University, Pratt Institute, New York University, Syracuse University, Trinity College, Tillburg University and University of Warwick. The areas of study chosen by our students range from law to artificial intelligence engineering, media & communication, political science, medicine, architecture and law. Moreover, some of our students have also gotten the opportunity to benefit from either full or partial scholarships granted by their selected university.
40% of our Levent Campus students and 26% of our Tepeören Campus students have chosen to pursue their education in Turkey. After the November 2021 examinations, they have focused on particular question types, techniques and tips regarding the YKS test within a 8-month period – which they had been more than ready academically – and they are now eagerly awaiting their results.
As we all know, academic success is not all about the high points achieved in lessons, projects or the exams. It is the sum of art, sports, music, values & ethics, skills and applying all that is learned throughout life – it is a product of all aforementioned elements.
Our students have been fully prepared for real life with the experiences they have gained during the diploma process, cognitive development, their intensive studies, practical projects, short films that were shot accordingly to the elective lessons, exhibitions, unique scientific experiments, complex mathematical problems, digital skills, environmental & social awareness, ethics, the relationships they have established and the inspirations they have received from countless scientists and artists our school has hosted at our school. They have become individuals who can stand on their own two feet, make their choices independently and also individuals who strive to make the world a better place.
What is the IB Diploma Program (IBDP)?
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a competent, rational and functional education program that holds international validity. The main purpose of this program – which was established in Geneva, a city in Switzerland in 1968 – is to carry out the education of those who continue their education in a country apart from their motherland, within the scope of an international framework.
This program is a two years program for students aged 16-19, and it is a program that allows students to make their own choices according to their interests and is a program designed specifically for pre-university lasting for 2 years. Students who complete all requirements for this program are granted the right to get their IB diploma – if they have also completed their internal assessments as well as their external assessments successfully.
One of the most important reasons for the IB diploma program to have international acceptance & validity is due to the accuracy & meticulousness during the evaluation process. Exam questions are sent from England via the IB headquarters in a sealed envelope, the exam is conducted on the same day(s) all around the world, and the envelopes are opened when the exam starts next to the students. After the completion of the exam, the envelopes are sealed once more and sent off to the headquarters in England via international cargo. Answer sheets that have been sent are evaluated and graded by IB. Thus, examination evaluations are conducted in a transparent and in a non-biased manner and this process becomes one of the most crucial aspects regarding international validity and reliability.
What Does the IB Diploma Program Entail?
The IB Diploma Program can only be implemented in English, French and Spanish, however there is a huge variety of elective classes within the Program consisting of language classes and other classes that are compatible with the local program in the mother tongue(s). The entirety of the content of the Program consists of six main course groups and three base studies that form the core of the program.
One class from each six main course group that the school offers must be chosen by the students. The three studies in the core are also required to be completed. To summarise, a student must complete six classes and three studies within a two years programme in order to qualify for the diploma.
Group One: Language (A1) – Activities are conducted in the language the student is most successful in, generally the mother tongue. This consists of literature studies.
Group Two: Language (A2) – The class that is conducted with students who are very proficient in a second language, consisting of language & literature studies.
Group Three: Individuals and Societies – Business and Management, Economics, Digital Society, Philosophy, Psychology, History
Group Four: Sciences – Biology, chemistry, physics
Group Five: Mathematics – two different Mathematics classes are given in two various levels (analysis & perspectives lesson and application & interpretation)
Group Six: Arts and Electives – students can choose among classes such as film, theatre, dance, arts; but they can also choose another approved class according to the school curriculum.
Extended Essay (EE) Dissertation
The Dissertation, which is a very important aspect of the IB Diploma Program, is a 4000 word minimum composition written with the mentorship of a teacher, specialising in one area of study among the six courses the student has chosen.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
The Theory of Knowledge course has been specifically tailored for the IB program. The various forms of knowledge, the origins of knowledge, the ways to access knowledge and the validity of aforementioned knowledge is looked into. Towards the end of this course which provides a huge contribution to students’ academic life, an article must be written.
CAS – Creativity, Action, Service
The IB Diploma Program considers the individual as a whole and thus, heavily values personal progress. Within this scope, the student must take part in a CAS study and must spend at least 150 hours in this study in two years. Within the scope of this study, the IB Diploma Programme student must strive to improve their creativity, and to contribute to the society they are in.
If aforementioned necessary studies are not completed in the fields of TOK, CAS and EE, the student will not be qualified to receive a diploma regardless of their evaluation score.
Moving on to University
Students who have an IB diploma fulfil the minimum requirements for universities that accept this diploma. However, since each university and department has different GPA requirements, these details need to be confirmed additionally. It should also be noted that the universities in the first top 50 around the world require a minimum of 38 points as the IB grade.