Cathedral and John Connon School in Fort will introduce the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme in Class 11 from 2013. The school currently offers only the Indian School Certificate (ISC) programme in Class 11 and 12. The IB diploma programme will be optional for students.
The school will enroll its first batch of IB students in Class 11 in 2013. “Our residential IB school in Lonavala, which started three years ago, is doing very well and both parents and students are very happy. So, we decided to introduce it in our school here as well,” said principal Meera Isaacs.
Cathedral is one of the city’s most prestigious schools and its alumni include nuclear scientist Homi Bhabha, industrialist Ratan Tata and author Salman Rushdie. The new IB section will be housed in the school’s middle school campus. The school has three campuses located near each other in Fort.
“The IB board is expensive in terms of infrastructure and the facilities that are offered to students but it gives students a great exposure so we thought of coming up with IB board,” added Isaacs.
The IB is an international qualification offered by a Geneva-based organisation. The number of IB affiliated schools in the city rose from 10 in 2007 to 23 in 2011. In south Mumbai, DY Patil School, Worli, and BD Somani, Cuffe Parade, offer the IB programme. The IB programme has three course – a primary years programme (PYP), a middle years programme (MYP) till Class 10 and the diploma programme (DP) at the Class 11 level.
The number of IB schools in the country stands at 80, taking it up to sixth spot among countries that have IB-affiliated schools.