FAQs

What do the children do each day in the Senior Phase program? What is the curriculum?

Montessori International College delivers the National Curriculum, but in a totally Montessori way – with purpose and meaning. We prepare our students for adulthood so that they can lead happy and purposeful lives, which fulfill their aspirations and which contribute to making the world a beautiful, just and peaceful place. This is achieved by meeting the psychological, social and physical needs of the adolescent through a prepared environment which encourages meaningful work, life experience and a love of learning.

Year 10 is a preparation year for the International Baccalaureate Career-related Program which is studied in Year 11 and Year 12.

Is the IB Career-related Program (IBCP) the same as the IB Diploma Program (IBDP)?

The IB Career-related Program (IBCP) and the IB Diploma Program (IBDP) are two separate and different courses.

The IB Diploma Program aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

The IB Career-related Program incorporates the values of the IB into a unique, international, real-world and career focused program that addresses the needs of students interested in career-related education.

As the IBCP includes IBDP academic subjects, Career-related Program students benefit from the theoretical and academic rigour of the Diploma Program, which is also supported by the practical, real-world approaches to learning of their career-related studies. Students also develop the skills and competencies required for lifelong learning from the IBCP core subjects.

Does the IBCP provide a pathway to university?

The IBCP is an internationally recognised qualification that is recognised by universities overseas as providing a pathway to university.

Montessori International College (MIC) also has a Memorandum of Understanding with University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) which means that graduating MIC students gain direct entry to USC upon recommendation by the college.

MIC is also currently working with a number of other major Australian universities to determine direct university entrance pathways as the IBCP is not currently eligible for an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank. Contact the IB Coordinator at MIC if you have any questions on the specific pathway for other Australian universities.

I’ve heard the IBCP is very difficult – is that true?

The IB has an international reputation as being academically rigorous which is why it is held in such high esteem by universities and employers around the world.

At MIC all IBCP students are well supported as they study subjects that are tailored around their interests and passions. Every student has a mentor/supervisor for every subject and our small class sizes allow us to take an individual approach to each child throughout the two years of their IBCP studies.

Are their additional costs associated with studying the IBCP at MIC?

No, for most senior students at MIC there aren’t any additional costs associated with studying the IBCP – our tuition fees are already all-inclusive and the college is absorbing any IB costs. However, there may be a circumstance where a student chooses a high number of high-cost external courses as part of their studies. MIC reserves the right to pass on some of these costs to families, however this would be considered on a case-by-case basis. Visit the fees page of our website for more information on fees.

Do I need to meet a minimum achievement level in Year 10 to study the IBCP?

It is expected that Year 10 students will achieve a passing grade in all subjects to study the IBCP in Year 11 and Year 12.

For more information check out the IB Admissions Policy or contact our IB Coordinator.

I’m already half way through Year 11/Year 12 at my current school – can I still study the IBCP at MIC?

The IBCP is a two-year program that is studied by students in Year 11 and Year 12 at MIC. Our entry point to the IBCP is Year 10 so that we have the opportunity to work with students and their families to build a personalised IB Career-Related Program for Years 11 and 12. Therefore we are unable to accept students who are already in Year 11 or Year 12 at another school.

Will MIC consider offering the IB Diploma Program in addition to the IB Career-related Program?

Yes, MIC will be giving consideration to offering the IB Diploma Program in addition to the IB Career-related Program in the near future. However, our current priority is to establish the IB Career-related Program at MIC and ensure a smooth transition to the IB for both current and incoming senior phase students.

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