International Baccalaureate®

Are you…

  • Fluent in English?
  • Open-minded, hard-working and interested in global issues?
  • Looking forward to meet and study with people from all over the world?
  • Interested in getting to know a new language and culture while also completing an international high school degree?
  • Planning to study at a top ranking University?

 

If the answer is yes, the IB® is the perfect choice for you!

Are you…

  • Fluent in English?
  • Open-minded, hard-working and interested in global issues?
  • Looking forward to meet and study with people from all over the world?
  • Interested in getting to know a new language and culture while also completing an international high school degree?
  • Planning to study at a top ranking University?

 

If the answer is yes, the IB® is the perfect choice for you!

About the International Baccalaureate®

Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme lays the foundation for studies at the world’s most prestigious universities and colleges.

For studies at German universities, the IB® Diploma Programme was recognised by the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs as equivalent to the German Abitur. Our subject selection covers all requirements for the recognition of IB® DP at German universities.

The two-year IB® Diploma Programme at F+U’s Heidelberg Private School Centre (HPC) is a good way to prepare you for further studies at an international university. Widely acclaimed and recognized by universities worldwide, the International Baccalaureate will pave your way into the world’s top universities in Europe, the U.S., Canada and other countries, and also entitles you to study in Germany.

The IB® Diploma Programme has an international focus and will teach you to think globally and across boundaries. Taught exclusively in English and on a high academic level, the IB® curriculum includes subjects such as Mathematics, Psychology, Biology, Geography, English Language and Literature and German as a foreign language, along with further training in study skills, essay writing and project work. The programme is rounded off by extensive university and career counseling, which will provide you with the best possible preparation for your future university studies.

Prep Class for DP

Our Prep Classes prepare students aged 14 to 16 before entering the Diploma Programme.

Having implemented the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) and being a candidate school for the Primary Years Programme (PYP), we felt it was time to take the final step and start to implement the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP).

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World school since 2017

Our school was authorized as an International Baccalaureate® World school in February 2017. In September 2017, we began teaching our first IB® Diploma Programme students, preparing them to study at a university within the next two years.

Read more about the reputation and opportunities of the IB® Diploma Programme.

With the support of the F+U Academy of Languages, we also offer our students the opportunity to improve their language skills and train their social competence by taking part in language trips and internships in Germany and abroad.

Career Counselling

Part of our program is an intensive career counselling course starting in September of DP1. We support all our students with applications at universities worldwide.

Curriculum of IB® Diploma Programme

Basic information

All subjects are taught in English. German is taught as foreign language to non-native German speakers.

Each student chooses from six subject groups

  • three higher level subjects
  • three standard level subjects

Standard level subjects (SL) are taught for 150 hours (60 minutes). Higher level subjects (HL) are taught for 240 hours (60 minutes).

Subject Group 1

English Language and Literature, German Language Literature

Subject Group 2

German and English as Foreign Language

Subject Group 3

Geography

Subject Group 4

Biology and Chemistry

Subject Group 5

Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations

Subject Group 6

Film (or another subject from Subject Group 3)


Core

The IB® DP consists of three core components that enable the best possible preparation for studies and lifelong learning.

  • Extended Essay (research project)
  • Theory of knowledge
  • Creativity – activity – service

 

Extended Essay

Planning and writing an extended essay on a topic of students’ choice in one of their academic subject prepares them for academic essay and paper writing at university.

Theory of Knowledge

In the TOK lessons and beyond, our students learn to ask and answer questions about knowledge and learning. This is not just about acquiring knowledge, but about critical thinking and the question of how we know what we know.

Creativity Activity Commitment (CAS)

CAS consists of three elements:

  • Creativity: Focuses on creative thinking and finding new and artistic solutions.
  • Activity: Includes all forms of exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Service: Emphasises voluntary and unpaid work for and together with others. Students learn that their actions are meaningful for others, develop team-work abilities and test their leadership skills 

A CAS project combines all these three elements. For example, a dance project could be developed that is practiced with a primary school class and performed for older people in the neighbourhood. In their CAS project, students pursue their individual interests and contribute their strong points to the project.


Assessment

Throughout the programme, students take different examinations and types of examinations in various subjects. Some of these examinations are evaluated internally by our teachers and others are evaluated externally. All results contribute to the final grade. After each semester, both learners and parents receive a detailed report on the individual learning successes.

In all academic subjects, students take a final examination in May of the second year, which is evaluated externally.

Requirements for IB® Diploma Programme

The IB® Diploma Programme is open to all students who meet the following requirements:

General Requirements

  • Proof that the pupils have successfully completed the intermediate level.
  • Letter of motivation in which they demonstrate their commitment to the IB® philosophy.

Personal Requirements

  • Interested in global issues: In order to demonstrate their general knowledge of political, cultural and social issues, each candidate is interviewed personally by the IB® coordinator via Skype or telephone.
  • Students who have started the IB® Diploma Programme at other IB® schools will be admitted to our school, provided that the subjects they have taken in their previous school are currently offered.

Language Requirements

According to our language policy, the following language requirements must be met in order to be admitted to the first year of the IB® Diploma Programme:

  • Candidates are expected to have a very good command of English.
  • We can offer an intensive language training programme before the beginning of the first school year in our Prep Classes.
  • German language skills are not required prior to the programme, but we expect students without German language skills to take German as a foreign language in Subject Group 2.

Application via Open Apply

To make the process as efficient as possible, a written application is not required since we use the electronic application management software “Open Apply”. The data will, of course, be treated strictly confidentially, and for this purpose only. It will not be passed on to third parties at any time.

NEW: Prep Class for DP

From September 2019 we will start a prep class for the IB Diploma programme. 

The class of 2019 will be suitable for students aged 14 to 16 and provide the foundations (particularly English and German language proficiency) for entering the IB DP Programme from grade 11.

All classes will be taught in English language and students non-native in English are supported in their English language proficiency. Non-native German speakers will take first steps into this new language or further develop German language skills.

The prep class will provide:

  • Full day schooling in English according to the curriculum of the German Gymnasium, Baden-Württemberg.
  • Small class sizes with individualized learning.
  • Language proficiency support for English and German.
  • Extracurricular activities including Model United Nations, sports clubs, creative and theater clubs and cultural exchanges.
  • Accommodation at the boarding house is available.

Application via Open Apply

To make the process as efficient as possible, a written application is not required since we use the electronic application management software “Open Apply”. The data will, of course, be treated strictly confidentially, and for this purpose only. It will not be passed on to third parties at any time.

IB® Learner Profile

The International Baccalaureate is based on teaching young people who are actively involved in making our world a more peaceful place and who acquire and internalize the key competencies of the IB Learning Profile:

Inquiry – Takes pleasure in doing research

Our students are researchers who ask meaningful questions and who will find answers through effective and scientific research methods and the use of multimedia tools and sources. They use the school library, the science laboratories of our school and extracurricular learning facilities.

Knowledgeable – Acquisition of expertise

A wide range of subjects at standard and higher levels in combination with core subjects (research work, knowledge theory and creativity-activity engagement) provide our students with the best possible preparation for university studies and provide the basis for lifelong learning.

Thinker – Ability for (critical) thinking

Not only do our students acquire a broad spectrum of knowledge from different fields of study, they are also supported in holistic educational and learning processes to combine, question and apply new knowledge with the familiar.

Communicator – Strengthening communication and cooperation skills

Our students successfully participate in communication processes, are able to express their own ideas both orally and in writing, listen to each other and communicate with each other in a targeted and appropriate way. .

Principled – Strength of character and orientation to values and standards

Our students stand up for their views and beliefs, take responsibility for their actions and learning and respect our Academic Honesty Policy.

Open-minded – Cosmopolitan outlook

Our students are cosmopolitan people who appreciate the diversity of our school. Their aim is to learn from and with each other, despite different countries of origin, mother tongues, cultural backgrounds, abilities and worldviews.

Caring – Solidarity and social commitment

Our students show an interest in world affairs. They recognise the different needs of the school community and beyond and try to respond to them.

Risk-Taker – Courage to venture into something new and face challenges

Our students have the courage to take on new ideas and challenges. We encourage our learners to leave their comfort zone as often as possible and take steps in a new direction. This is supported by a safe and open learning environment in which such risks are possible.

Balanced – Balanced lifestyle

Our students strive for a healthy lifestyle. The IB® Diploma Programme is a major challenge, which is why we actively support our students in finding a balance between tension and relaxation.

Reflective – Ability for self-reflection

Our students recognize their strengths and weaknesses, reflect on their successes and failures and work constantly to develop themselves further.

IB® school life

IB® Buddies

Life at our school is characterized above all by the exchange among our students, who learn together and from each other. In order to make this possible from the very beginning, we have introduced the IB® Buddies programme at our school, in which our newcomers are accompanied by students from our school and supported in their first steps.

As the school year progresses, IB® Buddies can do homework together, explore Heidelberg or spend their spare time together. Who knows – maybe this is the beginning of a lifelong friendship?

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More impressions of our IB® school life you'll find on our social media accounts!

Our IB® Graduates 2019

International Baccaleaureate in Heidelberg: Unsere Absolventen 2019

100% passing rate!

The month of May is known for many beautiful things: the sun, the blooming nature and the approaching of the long-awaited summer vacation.

For our students and teachers although, May is the IB® exam month.

With great pleasure we can announce that all of our IB® students passed this year's exam!

A 100% passing rate is well above world average and fills us with pride and anticipation of next year's classes!

Fees

Monthly fees for IB® Diploma Programme:

€ 1,100 monthly school fee (IB® Diploma Programme)
€ 3,100 monthly school fee (IB® Diploma Programme + boarding school accommodation)

+ € 500 registration fee

Additional fees:

Additional fees are charged by the IB® organisation for examinations.

Monthly fees for the Prep Class:

€ 160 (tuition) and

€ 690 (additional supplement for add-ons)
including lunch, afternoon activities, additional language support, travel costs to an international students conference to a destination within Europe

+ € 500 registration fee


Further costs:

  • Workbooks and course books
  • Calculator
  • Registration for online offers in application procedures for universities
  • Excursions, etc.
  • Visas

In addition, our school teaches by the Bring-Your-Own-Device-Policy (BYOD), so that our students use their own digital devices in the lessons. These include mainly laptops and smartphones.

Limited number of scholarships available on request. Please contact us.

Application

We're glad that we could convince you of the IB® Diploma Programme. If you have any more questions, e.g. about the IB® philosophy, we answer your questions.
[Dr. Elke Heinicke, Head of International programmes and International Baccalaureate/ IB Diploma Programme Coordinator]

Application via Open Apply

To make the process as efficient as possible, a written application is not required since we use the electronic application management software “Open Apply”. The data will, of course, be treated strictly confidentially, and for this purpose only. It will not be passed on to third parties at any time.

For Chinese applicants:

Chinese students apply directly at

Thursday, 12.12.2019, 6.30 pm

Wednesday, 15.01.2020, 6.30 pm

Schnuppertag am HPC:
Saturday, 01.02.2020, 11 am
Soon more informations!

Tuesday, 03.03.2020, 6.30 pm

Thursday, 23.04.2020, 6.30 pm

Wednesday, 27.05.2020, 6.30 pm

Thursday, 09.07.2020, 6.30 pm

The information events are held in German. For an Information in English please contact us so that we can arrange an individual meeting.

Event venue for the primary school:
Fahrtgasse 7-13
69117 Heidelberg


Event venue for the secondary school, vocational colleges, Gymnasien, International Baccalaureate®:
Kurfürsten-Anlage 64-68
69115 Heidelberg

We look forward to meeting you! Individual appointments for information and advice are available any time by arrangement!

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