American International School of Guangzhou

IB at AISG

 Why IB?

In the fall of 2009, the AISG board, on the recommendation of the HS Administration, made the decision for AISG to expand IB course offerings as the foundation of the HS curriculum for grades 11 and 12. 

  • The IB Diploma Program is the advanced curriculum that best supports AISG's Mission. 
  • It provides our students with a modern learning experience that will equip them for success after high school. 
  • Focus on a single program allows curriculum development in prior grades to support transition and success more coherently.
  • The IBDP better serves our native and second language learners with an international focus.
  • Students with an IB Diploma can easily apply to universities worldwide, including the U.S.
  • The IB approach provides better preparation for university – holistic approach, critical thinking, etc.

Currently, all students in grades 11 and 12 take multiple IB courses. The vast majority of students are full IB Diploma candidates.

IBO Mission Statement

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. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

The IB Diploma Program

The IB works with 3,033 schools in 139 countries to offer the three IB programs to approximately 854,000 students. The IB Diploma Program is a rigorous two year program of study for high school students in grades 11 and 12. The curriculum and pedagogy of the IB diploma program focuses on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that student fully explore their home culture and language. IB Diploma Program students study six courses at higher level or standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 5.

In addition the program has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.

  • The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
  • Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
  • Creativity, action, service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.

Many students graduating from the Diploma Program find that it enhances their opportunities at tertiary institutions. The IB works closely with universities around the world to gain recognition for IB programs. All IB students sit for the official IB exams in May of their senior year.

Students at AISG may also choose not to pursue the full IB Diploma, but, as a part of their AISG program, take IB classes and complete internal and external assessments for certificates.

Download the IB presentation for parent in English.

Download the IB presentation for parent in Chinese.

Download the IB presentation for parent in Korean.