The accreditation, which is awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), means that Nanwai King’s joins the ranks of IB World Schools and is authorized to deliver the full IB Diploma Program.
The IBDP is an academically challenging two-year pre-university program for students in Grades 11 and 12. It is one of the most influential international education programs in the world and develops students intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically.
Students at NKCS will begin studying a bilingual Chinese and English version of the prestigious program from the start of the 2021 academic year. After earning the full diploma, they will be eligible to apply to the best international colleges and universities. The IBDP will be offered alongside the current A-level curriculum in the school’s international curriculum center.
Not only does the IBDP accreditation mean that senior NKCS students can gain another internationally recognized pre-university qualification, it also demonstrates the quality of teaching at Nanwai King’s.
“It can take a number of years for a school that hasn’t offered IB programs before to gain accreditation,” explains Dr John Kennard, executive principal of NKCS. “The fact we have gained the accreditation in just our second year of operation is remarkable. It’s testament to the experience and commitment of all staff involved in planning for and delivering the IBDP at Nanwai King’s.”
Staff at NKCS spent two years achieving the accreditation. The accreditation process has a number of stages that include preparing and submitting extensive documentation and hosting a visit to the school by the IBO. IB candidate schools must demonstrate that they can ensure the quality of the IB Diploma program offered.
The IBO ensures academic quality for all of its programs via a strict quality control system. IB authorization is not granted indefinitely – all IB schools are supervised by the IBO with Diploma programs needing to pass an evaluation and review process every five years. This ensures schools offering the IBDP maintain the IBO’s high standards and retain their authorization status.
Now that NKCS has achieved IB World School status, it will benefit from a variety of teaching resources and support from the IBO. This includes being able to participate in world-wide teaching forums, and communicating and sharing information/resources with other IB institutions around the world.