The International Baccalaureate(IB) offers an education of international standards to students, it supports thousands of IB World Schools(certified IB schools) in over 130 countries including India. The first IB school in India was set up in the year 1976 in the state of Tamil Nadu and since then the number has grown to 147 schools spread across the nation. These schools offer either one or more of the IB programmes.
Tamil Nadu has its fair share of IB World Schools. Given below is a list of the Top 8 IB schools in TN.
1. Kodaikanal International School(KIS), Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal International School was the very first school to offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum in India. The school was established in the year 1901 as a school for children of missionaries in South India and later became the first international school by adopting the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in the year 1976.
KIS is a residential school that has a vision of providing an international standard, college-oriented curriculum which helps students develop an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge.
The school offers the following three programmes in IB:
- Primary years Programme
- Middle Years Programme
- Diploma Programme
KIS being the oldest IB school in India guarantees international exposure to all students, the school also boasts of an illustrious list of alumni.
For more details on KIS, visit the official KIS website.
2. American International School, Chennai
The American international school Chennai(AISC) was established in the year 1995
through an agreement between the governments of India and United States of America. The school was started to provide International standard education available to the children of both American and International expatriates in Chennai. The AISC follows a rigorous curriculum that is on par with the prevailing standards in North America.
The curriculum is ever evolving and places an emphasis on efficient use of technology for the purpose of learning. Innovative programs such as the Bring your own technology(BYOT) for students from classes 3 to 12 enable students to learn the use of technology in the most productive ways. The school boasts of a sprawling 13-acre campus within the Chennai city with state of the art infrastructure.
For more details on AISC, visit the official AISC website.
3. Good Shepherd International School, Udagamandalam (Ooty) (GSIS)
The Good Shepherd International school was started in the year 1977, since its establishment to this day the school has laid emphasis on the social and personal success of students, empowering them with diverse knowledge and churning out global citizens. Apart from the IB curriculum the school offers the Cambridge curriculum from Primary to Cambridge IGCSE and the ICSE/ISC curriculums. With respect to International Baccalaureate programmes, the school offers only the IB Diploma programme, thus the IB programme can be taken up at the grade 11 and 12 levels.
The school lays emphasis on co-curricular activities some activities offered by this school cannot be found in a majority of other boarding schools, example - Rifle shooting, golf training etc.
For more details on GSIS, visit the official GSIS website.
4. Chinmaya International Residential School, Coimbatore
The Chinmaya International Residential School was started in the year 1996 by the Chinmaya Mission. The school aims at producing students who possess a wide range of skill and are highly adaptive to the ever-changing environment. The school was established with the aim of bringing together and understanding various global cultures and at the same time remaining rooted in the culture and heritage of India. It aims at producing global citizens with Indian values.
The School provides a CBSE board education from class 5 to twelve and only the Diploma programme of the International Baccalaureate is offered in the IB curriculum.
For more details on Chinmaya International Residential School, visit the official CIRS website.
5. M.CT.M. Chidambaram Chettyar International School, Mylapore, Chennai
The M.CT.M Chidambaram Chettyar International School was founded by the M.CT.M Educational Service Trust which also runs various other schools within the Chennai city. The school aims at building students into capable citizens with highly receptive minds, and broad knowledge base. The school offers only the IB Diploma programme (for students between the age of 16 and 19) under the IB curriculum, till class 10 level it offers the IGCSE curriculum.
The school draws its brand value from the promoter of the institution M.CT.M Chidambaram Chettyar who was a prominent figure in the business world. The school boasts of a strong faculty, with some teachers being an alumnus of the countries top institutions like the IIMs. The faculty is not just highly qualified but also highly experienced.
For more details on the M.CT.M International School, visit the official M.CT.M website.
6. Akshar Árbol International School, Neelankarai, Chennai
Akshar Arbol International School was the first IB world School in Chennai to offer the Primary years programme in 2011, and currently operates two schools in different locations in Chennai. The school aims at shaping students into sensitive beings with a global outlook while keeping their individuality intact. It was started with the aim of providing International curriculum as an alternative to the more common Indian education Boards.
Under the IB curriculum, the school offer the PYP - Primary years programme for children aged between 3 to 12 (Kindergarten to 5th grade) and the IB Diploma programme for students between the age of 16 to 19 (11th and 12th grade).
For more details on Akshar Arbol International School, visit the official Akshararbol website.
7.CPS Global School, Thirumazhisai, Chennai
The Chennai Public School(CPS) Global School is an IB school and it claims to be the best International Residential School in Chennai. The school encourages excellence of students by providing them with a dynamic curriculum. The school promotes cultural integration by drawing students from various backgrounds. Under the IB Curriculum, the school offers only the IB Diploma Programme.
The school has in place good infrastructure that makes learning more effective through the use of state-of-the-art technology, interactive classrooms, a 3D Sci-Fi theatre etc. are some of the highest technologies in use. Professional training for career-oriented courses like AIEEE, IIT-JEE, CA, AIPMT, NATA, Olympiads etc. and training in Robotics, Speech and Drama, Chip Programming, Circuit Designing Etc. are some of the additional courses offered.
For more details on CPSGlobal School, visit the best official CPS website.
8. Lalaji Memorial Omega International School, Chennai
Lalaji Memorial Omega International School is a leading autonomous school in Chennai established in the year 2005. The school offers a wide variety of curricula, ranging from national to international and a considerable amount of focus is on providing a value-based education and learning of life skills. The IB programmes were started in the year 2015 and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is the only IB programme offered by the school. Apart from the this the school also offers CBSE and Cambridge Curriculums.
For more details on Lalaji Memorial Omega International School, visit the official Omega International School website.
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