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XAVIER SCHOOL: NOW AN AUTHORIZED IB WORLD SCHOOL

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On 30 January 2010, Fr. Johnny Go, School Director, received an email from the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) headquarters in Geneva informing him that Xavier School has been granted official authorization to offer the IB Diploma Programme next school year.
In the letter dated 6 January 2010, IBO’s Director General, Jeffrey R. Beard congratulated the school for what he described as a “significant accomplishment.”  He welcomed Xavier School as an official IB World School in the growing IB community worldwide.

This authorization is a milestone in Xavier School history and is yet another testament to the quality of the Xavier Education. 
Known for innovations since its establishment in 1956, Xavier School  has taken a significant step towards internationalization by offering this globally designed  curriculum recognized by many leading universities all over the world.

In its initial years of implementation, the IB Diploma Program is envisioned to be an enriched program that benchmarks our students’ performance against international standards.  The program, which entails regular teacher training overseas, will involve a much desired shift to a more student-centered approach in the classroom.  Its goal, after all, is to form a 21st-century learner who is disciplined, synthesizing, creative, respectful, and ethical.  Moreover, the IB Learner Profile has also been found to be compatible with our very own profile of the Xavier Graduate at Graduation, as summarized by the 6 C’s.  For these reasons, Fr. Go believes that offering the Diploma Program is very much aligned to the vision of Xavier School and will raise the overall standards of the Xavier education, further enhancing the school’s competitive edge.

The authorization was achieved after four years of careful study and hard work.   It began three years ago when Fr. Go formed a committee to study the IB curriculum and its compatibility with the vision-mission of Xavier School.   The committee, which was composed of Rosie Moscoso, Ditas Dairo, and Marc Hernandez (all former XS Principals), started its work last April 2007.   After thorough research on the IB curriculum,  visits of international schools in the Philippines, and interviews with their heads, the committee recommended that Xavier School apply for authorization to offer the Diploma Program, which was immediately approved by the Board of Trustees.

As part of the process of authorization, representatives from the IB Asia-Pacific (IBAP) Regional Office paid Xavier School two important visits last year:  First, the Pre-Authorization Visit  by the Regional Head of School Services, Mr. Nigel Forbes-Harper, last August 25; second, the Authorization Visit by Mr. Stephen Keegan Regional Manager for Diploma Programme for the IB Asia Pacific and Mr. Antony Mayrhofer DP Coordinator of St.Paul Grammar School, Sydney Australia last December 1 to 3.   In both visits, Xavier School was assessed for its readiness to offer the program.

The Diploma Program offers a rigorous two-year pre-university curriculum designed especially for highly motivated third year and fourth year students. Initially, the Xavier IBDP program will offer the following subjects:  English, Mandarin, Business and Management, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry.  Students have the option to enrol a subject as a higher level or a standard level course.  Crucial to the curriculum are three unique IB core subjects:

• Theory of Knowledge (TOK):  reflection on ways of knowing in the different disciplines and discussions of relevant knowledge issues;
• Creativity-Action-Service (CAS):  extra-curricular experiences that include arts activities, athletics, and social service activities; and
• Extended Essay (EE): an independent research conducted by the student on a freely-chosen topic

Over and beyond the usual IB courses, the Xavier IB Programme also includes Christian Life Education and Filipino since these are two of the most important subjects that define the Xavier education.

In the next five years, Xavier School plans to expand the number of courses in the sciences, as well as in the humanities such as Psychology, History, Economics, including the Visual Arts and Music.

In their discussions, the members of the school’s Board of Trustees emphasized their desire to grant access to as many qualified Xavier students as possible.  For this reason, Xavier School will be offering the most affordable IB Diploma Program in the country.  As in the school’s other special programs, scholarships and subsidies will be available and offered to deserving students who are in need.

Even prior to these IB efforts, Xavier has already been raising its standards by benchmarking internationally through the iPSLE (International Primary School Leaving Exam of Singapore) for the Grade School and the PSAT (Preliminary SAT of the US College Board) in the High School.   Through other international standardized achievement exams, our students have been benchmarked with counterparts belonging to one grade higher, so that our third and fourth year students are really equivalent to Grade 11 and 12 students.

Over seventy applicants are currently undergoing screening for the program–most of whom are incoming third year students.  DP Coordinator, Ms. Rosie Moscoso, and her assistant, Mr. Exxon Yu, are working alongside the High School Principal’s Team in the selection process.  The teachers who will be teaching the IB courses also underwent a careful screening process to ensure that our first batch of Xavier IB students will be entrusted to our most competent and dedicated faculty.  The members of the first batch of Xavier IB students will be revealed before the school year ends.

We thank–and congratulate–the administrators and teachers who worked hard for this significant milestone in the history of Xavier School.   We wish them all the best as they begin the hard work of launching Xavier School’s first IB Diploma Program next school year.   Luceat Lux!

JOSE ARMIN COLIPANO said,

March 16, 2010 @ 3:23 am

Kudos to Xavier School. Our students at XS can really compete globally!

I am proud to be a part of XS Faculty (1995-2001). I have always believed in my students!

Justin Nikolai Tiu said,

February 2, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

Will the people who did not apply for IB get macbooks also?

Jarred Co said,

February 1, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

Congratulations to XS! This is a big accomplishment for our school : )

Serafin Tongco II said,

February 1, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

I’m glad to hear Xavier pioneering something like this. For one, I kind of envied those people who were still able to apply/qualify for acceleration (i think the II program way back in the 80s) when we were in Grade School. It just didn’t cut the cheese when we were rather required to simply stay in a very similar curriculum when in fact some students had skill sets in Math and English that were simply above average. I think this is a tremendous step in realizing the potential of our students, even before they step into collegiate level.

It was only the presence of inspiring teachers like Winnie Losaria (may she rest in peace), Ms. Carol Metica, Ms. Fides Suelto (no idea if she’s still a Miss… she was my grade school english teacher) and other great teachers who pushed me to excel. Now with additional resources and avenues available for learning, students will be able to channel their creative and intellectual energies to the things which really challenge them.

Aloy Chua (XS '09) said,

February 1, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

Congratulations Xavier! I’m so proud to be a Xaverian. I hope my nephew will get to apply for this.

Michael Chuaunsu said,

February 1, 2010 @ 11:44 am

Congratulations to Xavier School! Truly an outstanding feat.

mike

Lorenzo Arceo said,

February 1, 2010 @ 9:04 am

WOAH ! AMAZING ! Maybe when I’m in third year I’ll try to apply for this. :)

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