Some Frequently Asked Questions
What is the International Baccalaureate (IB)?
The IB is a non-profit international educational organization established in 1968. It offers 3 programmes of international education that span the primary, middle and secondary school years: Primary Years Programme (PYP) – designed for students aged 3-11, Middle Years Programme (MYP) – for students aged 11-16 and Diploma Programme (DP) – for students aged 16-18. While these programmes follow a logical sequence, each may be offered independently. In all 3 programmes, the IB offers schools with school authorization, curriculum material, assessment procedures, faculty-training workshops, programme evaluation and comprehensive support services in English, French and Spanish.
How many schools offer IB programme?
As of September 2017, there were 6,279 programmes being offered worldwide, across 4,773 schools. These schools are known as IB World Schools. Over 800 of these schools are in the Asia Pacific, of which India has 140 IB schools. However Ecole Mondiale is one of the select 21 IB World Schools that offer the PYP, MYP and DP programmes.
Can any student enrol in an IB Diploma programme?
Students must be enrolled in an IB authorised school to participate in an IB programme. The IB programmes are the core of all curriculum at Ecole Mondiale and students joining early are well prepared for the rigorous IB Diploma programme. Although entry to the IB Diploma is open to all students entering grade 11, advice is given by the coordinator and teachers as to which course and subject combination is most suitable for each student.
How can my child enrol at Ecole Mondiale?
We would be delighted to meet with you and discuss the details. Please contact our admissions officer on +91 22 26237265 / 66 Or on email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Does the IB Diploma Programme satisfy indian national requirements for university entrance?
The IB MYP is recognised by the government as the equivalent to Std 10 in the national system and the IB Diploma is recognised as a pre-university qualification.
How do universities perceive applications from IB Diploma student?
Recipients of the IB Diploma are highly thought of by universities around the world. It is considered a rigorous academic programme which prepares students well for university study because of the special programmes in the Diploma such as the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and the Creativity, Activity and Service programme.
Does the school have a nurse on site?
The school has a nurse on site from 08.00 until 17.00 each day. We also have a doctor on call and hospitals that we have care arrangements with in the case of an emergency.
Is the Diploma Programme the same all over the world?
The core aspects of the programme are the same all over the world, but there is some flexibility in the programmes allowing for regional speciality. e.g. students attending Ecole Mondiale have the option of studying Hindi.
Can children bring their lunch from home?
Families have the choice of buying the lunch at school at the appropriate cafeteria or bringing from home.
What is the process for buying lunches?
The cafeterias are cashless and to ease purchase of food students are issued a Zeta card which they load money on. The balance on the card is sent by text message to a nominated phone number.
Do you have after school activities?
Many activities are available for both primary and secondary students each day both before and after school. These range from the sporting to the more craft based nature. With many special events happening in the building e.g. plays, Coffee House and Battlelaureate etc students are never short of an activity to join.
Do you have a bus service?
The school runs a bus service that covers many areas of Mumbai.
What languages are available for students to learn apart from English?
Although English is the medium for learning we support other language development as well. We have classes in Hindi and as the students reach the upper primary they are also exposed to either French or Spanish. Along with Hindi these options for language learning remain open through the completion of the IB Diploma. In the younger years students solidify their language skills by learning Marathi.
Will also student work be done on computer?
Students in grades 6-12 are expected to bring their own laptop to school each day where it will be used frequently. Not all work will be completed on the computer, and some work written by hand will still be required. The use of googledrive is increasingly common. For students in primary they have access to ipads and computers in classroom and also receive IT lessons each week.