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IBDP or IBCP: Choosing a Curriculum For Successful College Admissions

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an esteemed educational system that equips students for success in higher education. As of October 2023, over 8,000 IB programmes are being offered in 5,700 schools across 159 countries. The IB system has two distinct curricula for high school students: the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) and the IB Career-Related Programme …

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How to Boost College Admissions with Academic Rigour

As you transition from secondary school to high school and prepare for college applications, the term “academic rigour” is one you’ll frequently encounter. Those aspiring to attend a reputed university abroad must understand how colleges evaluate your profile. While a high GPA (grade point average) is crucial, several universities also assess your academic rigour. But …

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A Day in the Life of a Charterhouse Online Student | The Red Pen

A Day in the Life of a Charterhouse Online Student

Charterhouse Online is a challenging but intellectually rewarding programme. You can complete your A Levels through accelerated learning in a single year (instead of two) and open doors to university education much sooner. But how rigorous is the programme? Would you have time to pursue other interests? Let’s find out. Here’s what your typical day …

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Subject Selection – Frequently Asked Questions | The Red Pen

Subject Selection – Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing the right subjects in high school is imperative. However, we see many parents and students struggling to make the right choice for them. While many things may be highly specific to you, there are some general questions that most of our Mentorship students end up asking us. Keep in mind that these are guidelines …

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How to Identify the Best-Fit High School for Your Child | The Red Pen

How to Identify the Best-Fit High School for Your Child

In the last 2 decades, the education landscape in India has changed drastically. Now, you face several questions when it comes to selecting the best-fit school for your child. Should you opt for a school that offers international curricula, such as the IB, A Levels or Advanced Placements? Should you stick to the Indian curriculum, …

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A Comprehensive Guide to Reflective Essay Writing | The Red Pen

A Comprehensive Guide to Reflective Essay Writing

When it comes to essays, there are various different types–descriptive, expository, persuasive and reflective essays. While you may have nailed how to tackle the first three through your school work, reflective essays may pose a challenge. Reflective essays require you to examine your life experiences, describe your feelings and thoughts, analyse their impact and reveal …

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5 Factors to Consider Before Changing Your Child’s Curriculum for Grades 11 and 12 | The Red Pen

5 Factors to Consider Before Changing Your Child’s Curriculum for Grades 11 and 12

Over the last two decades, India has seen significant growth in the number of schools offering international curricula, such as the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the Cambridge International AS & A Levels. What started with just eight international schools in 2000 has grown to over …

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4 Common Myths About Careers After College | The Red Pen

4 Common Myths About Careers After College

A common belief in the education industry and one that’s often repeated during conversations about higher education is that current high school students will apply for jobs that don’t even exist yet. This indicates the blistering pace at which the career landscape can be transformed by technology. In such a state of constant change, it …

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Why Are Summer Camps Important?

Why Are Summer Camps Important?

If you are lucky enough to have childhood memories of taking part in outdoor adventures, it is very likely that you have experienced the rush that comes with taking a risk, pushing yourself and discovering your capabilities. There is a transformational thrill that lies at the heart of every great adventure; one that comes from …

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COVID-19 Effects: How to Continue Engaging in Community Service | The Red Pen

COVID-19 Effects: How to Continue Engaging in Community Service

Volunteering and community service are more important during a crisis than at any other time. The COVID–19 pandemic has devastated communities but has created a shared sense of togetherness as we battle this virus. If your child was deliberating about getting more involved in the community, there is no better time for them to engage …

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