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Ib School or not?

Hi,

we are a swedish family living in Lugano with two kids, 3 and 5.
We are now debating whether we shall let the 5 year old attend the private school in Como next year or if we shall let him go the first three years in a public school and then put him in to the international ib-program.

Some people say that it will be to hard to catch up with the other ib-students
if you don't go there from the beginning. Anyone have any suggestions
on what is the best way to do?

/ F
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Re: Ib School or not?

My children are at an IB-school and they have been ever since they were your children's ages. You can definitely wait, if you'd like them to go local first. If you do want to go the IB route, then I would suggest that you have them enter at 6th grade , but you can easily skip the primary years. My kids are now in 8th and 9th grade and quite a few Swiss kids only joined them as of 6th grade.
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Re: Ib School or not?

I did the IB and joined of age 16 - wasnt a problem.

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Re: Ib School or not?

The IB programme doesn't really get going until Middle school - 6th grade. Personally we have chosen to send our youngest to Swiss school, with the possibility of joining the International school later. I don't think you are missing out on anything academically by joining later, in fact for a solid start in basics I would say the Swiss system is more regimented and so you get the basics down. My middle child was in the International school from 4th grade (as that is when we moved here) and honestly, although he enjoyed the school, I'm not sure how much he actually learned in the Primary years. Middle School is much more structured and High School really steps it up.
My eldest started in the IB programme in 7th grade and had no problems. the only thing perhaps to consider in your case is the level of your kids English. We are english so it wasn't a problem for my kids, but I would say that by the time they start 6th grade, they should be comfortable to learn in English. It is not a time to start with no English.
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Re: Ib School or not?

As an experienced IB Diploma teacher, I would say that there is really no hurry. Provided that your children are fluent enough to work in one of the IB languages, there shouldn't be any problem switching from the Swiss local system to the IB.

However there are perfectly legitimate reasons that some parents send their children to IB schools early. This is sometimes to familiarise them with a school at an earlier age than 16 so that they adequately prepared for the IB Diploma. Some because they know that at the best schools it is extremely difficult to obtain a place directly on to the IB Diploma so they obtain a place at an earlier age and hope that the child will be strong enough to stay on. However that is not really a concern of yours as your children are too young.
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Re: Ib School or not?

I joined the IB school in 6th grade with close to zero english (italian mother tongue) and it was no issue.

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