The answer to this depends on what you want out of your secondary or high school education. The IB program is one of the most popular and internationally recognized curricula, given that it is offered in many countries including the US and UK.
IB offers challenging courses to its students, and its compulsory core subjects ensure that you are well-rounded and well-prepared for the tough courses you may take in college. The IB curriculum is typically stricter than other curricula, for example the Advanced Placement (AP) or the UK GCE A-Levels.
Do you get college credit for IB courses?
IB exams can be recognized for college credit, but this depends on the courses and of course, the universities. The good news is that you do not need an IB diploma to get credit for individual subjects, because colleges give credit course by course. However, the higher your passing score is for the course, the more likely you are to get credit for college.
If you are interested in finding out whether the courses you take in IB will be accepted as college credit, you will need to check the college’s credit policy on their website. Most universities will have information explaining their IB credit policies.
What IB score do you need to get into good universities?
Of course, as with all other curricula, the higher your score, the better your chance of getting into your desired university. An IB score of 40+ will make you a more competitive student in the academic sense, but 38 is also considered a solid score.
Most universities have specific requirements depending on which major you decide to take. You will need to do a little research into the exact requirements of your desired major.
Note that universities don’t only look for high scorers – remember that they consider your other non-academic accomplishments too. So while getting a high score is very important, don’t lose sight of the other things you will need to achieve in order to be a top, well-rounded student.
What schools in Hong Kong offer IB?
Below is a list of schools that offer IB. Please note that some schools only offer PYP, or only offer DP, or offer all three (PYP, MYP, DP). Be sure to check out the official IB site for specific details.
- Australian International School – DP
- Beacon Hill – PYP
- Bradbury School – PYP
- Canadian International School – PYP, MYP, DP
- Carmel School – PYP, MYP, DP
- Causeway Bay Victoria Kindergarten & International Kindergarten – PYP
- Chinese International School – MYP, DP
- Clearwater Bay School – PYP only
- Creative Primary School – PYP only
- Creative Secondary School – MYP, DP
- Delia Memorial School (Glee Path) – DP
- Diocesan Boys School – DP
- Discover College – PYP, MYP, DP
- ELCHK Lutheran Academy – PYP, MYP, DP
- ESF Abacus International Kindergarten – PYP
- ESF International Kindergarten (Tsing Yi, Hillside, Tung Chung) – PYP
- French International School – DP
- G. T. (Ellen Yeung) College – DP
- Galilee International School – PYP
- German Swiss International School – DP
- Glenealy School – PYP
- Hamilton Hill International Kindergarten – PYP
- Han Academy – DP
- HKCA Po Leung Kuk School – PYP
- Hong Kong Academy – PYP, MYP, DP
- International College Hong Kong – DP
- International College Hong Kong Hong Lok Yuen – PYP
- Island school – MYP DP
- Japanese International School – PYP
- Kennedy School – PYP
- Kiangsu-Chekiang College, International Section – DP
- King George V School – MYP, DP
- Kingston International Kindergarten – PYP
- Kingston International School – PYP
- Kornhill Victoria Kindergarten – PYP
- Kowloon Junior School – PYP
- Li Po Chun United World College HK – DP
- Nord Anglia International School HK – DP
- Parkview International School Hong Kong – PYP
- Peak School – PYP
- Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School – DP
- Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College – DP
- Quarry Bay School – PYP
- Renaissance College – PYP, MYP, DP
- Sha Tin College – DP
- Sha Tin Junior School – PYP
- Singapore International School – DP
- South Island School – MYP, DP
- St Paul’s Co-educational College – DP
- St Stephen’s College – DP
- The Hong Kong Chinese Christian Churches Union Logos Academy – DP
- The Independent Schools Foundation Academy – MYP, DP
- Think International School – PYP
- Victoria Kindergarten – PYP
- Victoria Shanghai Academy – all
- West Island School – DP
- Wu Kai Sha International Kindergarten – PYP
- Yew Chung International School – DP