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What is IB?

IB stands for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, offered by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), based in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a rigorous, two year pre-university course of study that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students, who have successfully completed the lower secondary school.

Our IB

The programme is made up of the core area and subjects taken from six content areas.

  • Core area – Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)
  • Area 1 – Language and Literature A – English or German
  • Area 2 – Foreign Language B and ab initio (beginner) SL
  • Area 3 – History, Geography, Economics
  • Area 4 – Biology, Physics, Chemistry SL
  • Area 5 – Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL, Maths Studies SL
  • Area 6 – Visual Arts, Theatre SL, or second course from Area 1, 2, 3 or 4

SL = Standard Level, HL = Higher Level
A or B for languages: A = native speaker level, B = intermediate/advanced level
Langauges A and B can be HL or SL
Languages ab initio are SL

All students must complete the requirements in the core area. Students also choose three of the above subjects at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. One course must be chosen from each area. Students usually get their first choice for their schedules, but course and level offered may be determined by the amount of demand and course size.

Students may, after approval by the IB Coordinator (Mr. Spiller), take one of the following courses online through Pamoja Education:

  • Business and Management HL or SL
  • French ab initio SL only
  • Mandarin ab initio SL only
  • Spanish ab inito SL only
  • Spanish B SL
  • Psychology HL or SL
  • Philosophy SL
  • Film SL

Cost for the online courses are approximatley $1400 per year.

NMS IB Statistics

Creativity, Action, Service

CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) is an integral part of the IB at our school. Students must take part in activities in each of these areas. This gets them involved in extra-curricular projects and life outside of school. A few examples of these activities are: Model United Nations, Amnesty International, Prefects, athletic clubs and various community services projects.

Fees

Students are required to pay € 1000.00 for their exam fees. Parents are expected to join the Friends of Nelson Mandela (our Parent/Student/Teacher organization). Parents join by choosing a yearly membership fee of either €60, €100, €150 or more.

German university requirements

Be careful in making your schedule if you want to study in Germany! Students must have one language at A (native speaker) level and one at B Higher Level. Students can also have two languages at level A. They must also have either Maths or Science at Higher Level.
Due to the fact that IB is something relatively new to the German system, well-above-average marks, in general, are necessary to be admitted to a German university.

Who is IB?

Our student body truly emphasizes the International in IB. In the classes that we have had in our programme since 2005, our students have come from all corners of the globe.

  • Europe: Bulgaria, France, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, Ukraine
  • Americas: Bolivia, Canada, Guatemala, USA
  • Africa: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Uganda
  • Asia/Australia: Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Korea, Philippines, Pakistan, Japan

Our faculty is international as well  – coming from Canada, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the UK and the USA – with experience teaching in even more countries.

This is one of the things that make the IB experience very special. Where else are you going to experience classrooms like this? Considering the future of Europe, which continues to grow, and in view of globalisation, our IB Programme offers students and families the opportunity to work within a multi-cultural context. This, of course, is a benefit to our IB students by getting them to interact with different views and cultures. The IB Programme does not stop there. It also benefits our school and local community through the CAS activities.

Student Performance

The IB Diploma is one in which exams play a major role. Approximately two-thirds of each mark on the diploma is made up from the students’ grades on the exams. This does not mean, however, that the performance in the classroom is not important. Students receive report cards each semester. The marks on the report cards and the predicted grades from the teachers do not vary significantly from the final marks after the exams. The percentage of students passing the exams is 80% worldwide. We are proud to say that students at the Nelson Mandela School, after completing the total programme, have a passing rate of around 95%!

This allows our students to study at universities all over Europe and the world. Our graduates are pursuing their studies in the following locations just to name a few:

  • United Kingdom: Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Sheffield, Oxford
  • Netherlands: Maastricht, Rotterdam, Tilburg
  • Germany: Berlin, Heidelberg, Munich, Potsdam
  • Portugal: Lisbon
  • USA: Massachusetts
  • Israel: Haifa
  • China: Beijing
  • Others: Austria. India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Norway, Poland and more.

The Future

We are always working to develop our programme to meet the needs of our international student body. Due to the fact that we are a state school, this work, of course, depends on funding from Berlin. We are grateful for their support and look forward to continuing the relationship for many years to come.

Coordinators

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Spiller and Dr. Premkumar at the following email address:
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24.10.2017 Nelson-Mandela-Schule · Staatliche Internationale Schule Berlin | Nelson Mandela School · State International School Berlin