Open House April 2023
Students at Chatsworth International School presenting their projects at the PYP Exhibition

IB Programmes

The IB Programmes are designed to develop well-rounded students with a global mindset, preparing them for future challenges.

Introduction to the International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate (IB), a globally recognised educational framework, is renowned for its rigorous, balanced approach that fosters intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills essential for living in a rapidly globalising world.

Originating in Geneva, the IB's mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. The IB programme in Singapore, particularly at Chatsworth International School, is designed to develop well-rounded students with a global mindset, preparing them for future challenges.

The 3 IB Programmes at Chatsworth

As a leading IB school in Singapore, Chatsworth International School offers three IB programmes, each meticulously designed to cater to the educational needs of various age groups. These programmes are united by four foundational and interrelated elements central to the IB philosophy: international mindedness, the IB learner profile, a broad, balanced, conceptual, and connected curriculum, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Why Choose an IB Education at Chatsworth

Opting for an IB education at Chatsworth International School means more than just embracing an internationally recognised curriculum; it involves integrating into a rich, holistic educational experience deeply rooted in both local and global contexts.

As an IB World School, Chatsworth takes pride in our non-selective approach centred on the holistic development of each student. On the academic front, our students consistently perform above world average scores in their IB examinations, validating their learning across a broad and balanced curriculum and preparing them for further academic studies. At the MYP level, students at Chatsworth sit for the full IB MYP e-Assessment, thereby getting a chance to earn a formal, internationally-recognised MYP certificate if they meet the success criteria. Chatsworth graduates are recognised worldwide, receiving university offers from over 200 institutions globally.

IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP)

The IB Primary Years Programme (IBPYP), catering to students aged 3 to 11 years old, forms the foundational stage of our Primary School curriculum in Singapore. This IB programme emphasises individualised learning, encouraging students to be inquisitive, collaborative, and problem-solving.

The curriculum fosters not just academic skills but also intercultural understanding and respect from an early age. As students progress through the primary years, they develop leadership qualities, taking on roles in school projects and community events. The primary education culminates in the PYP Exhibition, a showcase and celebration of their learning journey and development through the primary years.

IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP)

Designed for students aged 12 to 16 years old, Chatsworth International School's IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) blends academic rigour with real-world application, making it an ideal choice for international school education in Singapore.

The MYP emphasises creative, critical, and reflective thinking, encouraging students to connect traditional subjects to the global environment. It prepares students for the IB Diploma Programme by fostering communication skills, intercultural understanding, and global awareness. The  programme culminates in a significant Personal Project in the final years, alongside mandatory participation in Service as Action, ensuring students are academically, socially, and responsibly prepared for future challenges. There is optional external assessment (eAssessment) in all other elements of the MYP, which Chatsworth is one of only a few schools in Singapore that offers.

IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)

The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at Chatsworth, for students in Years 12 and 13, is a two-year curriculum recognised by universities worldwide. This comprehensive programme, offering a broad range of IB subjects, prepares students for higher education.

It includes six subject groups and core components like the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS). Ideal for those seeking an internationally respected qualification, Chatsworth provides an enriching environment for students to excel and prepare for university admissions.

IB Programme FAQs

1. How are students assessed in the IB programmes?

At Chatsworth International School, assessment in our IB programmes goes beyond academic scores, focusing on both knowledge application and understanding. Students receive semester grades for each subject based on the IB's 1-7 scale, communicated through end-of-semester reports on Managebac, our academic portal. Additionally, mid-semester progress reports are provided before Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences (PTSCs).

Our assessment also encompasses the IB Approaches to Learning (ATLs), covering five skill categories: Communication, Social, Self-Management, Research, and Thinking. These ATL skills are assessed and self-assessed across various subjects, with the results communicated through teachers' written comments and students' reflections on their ATL goals in semester reports. This holistic approach ensures a comprehensive understanding of each student's progress and development.

2. What are the benefits of completing the IB programme for future university admissions and careers?

Completing the IB programme at Chatsworth International School sets students on a path to success in both university admissions and future career endeavours. This rigorous programme equips students with critical thinking skills, a comprehensive global outlook, and a robust academic foundation, which are highly valued in higher education and the professional world.

The IB diploma is also recognised by universities worldwide, which often translates into a competitive edge in university applications.

3. How does the IB curriculum prepare students for global challenges?

The IB curriculum at Chatsworth is meticulously designed to prepare students for the complexities of a globalised world. By promoting international-mindedness and cultural sensitivity, the curriculum encourages students to understand and appreciate different perspectives. This approach, coupled with a deep understanding of global issues and contexts, equips students with the ability to navigate and contribute positively to the world. The curriculum's focus on interdisciplinary learning and real-world applications further ensures that students are not only academically proficient but also socially and ethically aware, ready to tackle global challenges with insight and empathy.

4. What is the admission process for the IB Programme?

The admission process for the IB Programme at Chatsworth is straightforward. Parents can apply for their child via the OpenApply portal. Do make sure you have all the necessary supporting documents and information ready on hand.

5. How does Chatsworth support IB students in their academic and personal growth?

At Chatsworth International School, we are committed to supporting our IB students in their academic and personal growth. Our nurturing environment, combined with individualised attention, ensures that each student's unique needs and aspirations are met. We offer a diverse range of co-curricular and extracurricular programmes that aid in developing the whole person. These programmes focus on enhancing intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development, facilitating a well-rounded education. Our approach ensures that students are not just academically prepared but also equipped with the skills and qualities necessary for personal success and well-being.