The Friends' School

What the Parents Say

The following are some quotes by parents taken from our recent survey of parents for the IB Five Year Review.

“The IB has been an excellent experience for our son. We feel that he was able to develop his talents, and was that he was able to relate to a totally different culture, a good introduction for international understanding. We are very happy with the Theory of Knowledge classes, a fine way to approach critical thinking. No doubt that these two years will have been a major contribution to his development. We hope that this will help him become a responsible world citizen.”

“Our child’s history has involved schooling on five continents. The IB has been a natural extension of our child’s cultural experiences and has deepened his understanding and perspective of world affairs. I cannot imagine a better high-school outcome than that which has given our child the tools to enjoy a life benefiting the people around him with the ideals defined in the mission statement.”

“[Our Daughter] has developed well these past two years into a informed and interested student. She is a critical and compassionate thinker, and certainly a lifelong learner. [She] has learnt to look outside her immediate world around her. I am very impressed with the course and very glad [she] decided to participate in it.“

“We believe the IB has been an excellent basis of personal and intellectual development of our child. We believe she thinks more laterally than before shows a great compassion, tolerance and general interest in different cultures and beliefs. This appreciation of other cultures is greatly enhanced by mixing with students from other countries. There seems to be less time spent on current local and world affairs than would be ideal, but this is understandable considering the amount of learning that is required in other areas. Overall, we are very pleased with the curricula of the IB, and its results on our child.”

“The IB has extended and broadened [our son’s] knowledge base and interest in a wider range of areas than he would have been involved in doing the TCE. He has developed a strong grasp of the importance of academic rigour and is developing the ability to see linkages and concept/ logic between fields of study.”

“My son is receiving a practical, well balanced & intellectually challenging education. His individual talents are being nurtured and he is encouraged to develop other skills & understanding across a broad range of subjects. Emphasis is also given to the important philosophical & spiritual aspects of life and our shared humanity.”

“I believe that The Friends’ School’s Quaker philosophy combined with their approach to fulfilling the goals of the IB has been an ideal combination. It has been instrumental in fulfilling our goal of bring up children who are well educated, well rounded compassionate individuals who are also informed, proactive citizens of the world.”

“Whilst there is a strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship, to the end that IB students may become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs, conscious of the shared humanity that binds all people while respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that makes for the richness of life it would appear that intellectual rigour and high academic standards appear to be the mainstay.”

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