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How we became a pioneering
IB school in Beirut, and what it
means for you

The accreditation as an IB World school in Lebanon brought with it a rigorous review processes (internally and externally) that went far beyond a mere update of our curriculum.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about the program:
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Frequently Asked
Questions (FAQS)

Will I be able to attend universities in Lebanon after completing the IBDP? Is it recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Education for high school graduation?
Yes, students graduating the IBDP2 class will be able to enter any university in Lebanon and abroad at the sophomore level. The IB programme is recognized by the Lebanese Government.

Will I still be able to take the SAT, SAT II, TOEFL or other internationally recognized exams?
Students in the IB program are taught what they need to be able to pass the SAT in their Math and English courses. They are also required to sit this exam for graduation, which we administer at our school.

If you need the extra help, Eastwood offers an after-school SAT course, which is entirely optional.

Other exams you may be interested in taking, such as SAT ll or TOEFL, would need to be pursued on your own, outside of school time.

Are Advanced Placement (AP) courses still offered at Eastwood International School?
No, we do not offer AP courses at Eastwood International School. However, you should know that IBDP students also start university at the sophomore level rather than the freshman level. So in a sense, it advances you an entire year of university, instead of giving individual course credits.

Will taking the IBDP count for any university course credits, like the AP courses?
Instead of counting towards credits, the IB Program counts for an entire year of university. Your freshman year will be considered complete, and you will begin at the sophomore level.

What happens if I fail the IBDP?
For IBDP 1, there are no exams at the end of the year to determine a passing score. However, students who make it through IBDP 1 can still be prevented from entering IBDP 2 if the school feels they are not strong enough to do well in it. In that case, they may enter the American High School Diploma or the Lebanese Baccalaureate.

For IBDP 2 students, failing 1 or more official IB exam means you have one more chance to sit for a makeup. If you also fail the makeup, the school has the discretion to make either of the following decisions, depending on your case:

• Request that you repeat the IBDP 2 year
• Give credits to graduate with an American High School Diploma. This will allow you to enter university at the freshman level (instead of the sophomore level, had you passed the IBDP 2 exams). This scenario would only be permissible if the school feels that you have done well enough

If you are about to take the IBDP 2 exams and the school feels you might fail, you will also be given the choice to take the American High School Diploma finals.

Don’t forget that the IB high school diploma is not granted on the merits of exams alone; there are other components needed to graduate, which are important to mention in this context. See above for more info.

What about Physical Education - is that part of the IBDP at Eastwood?
While the Sports Sciences course is an elective offered by other IB schools, we do not offer it at ours. It is not required for graduation.

Much like in university, students interested in a physical component to their educational resume can join extra-curricular programs at their own prerogative.

At Eastwood International School, we offer the following options:

• Participation in the Duke of Edinburgh International Award, which includes physical activity with camping and hiking
• The after-school football team

Can I switch to IBDP after Grade 11?
Will I have to take Grade 11 again?

The IB diploma is designed to be a two-year program. The second year builds upon the first years’ foundations. If you do decide to go into the IB Program after Grade 11, you’ll still need to start at IBDP 1. However, you won’t lose a lot since you’ll be ahead by a year in university anyway.

Do I have to wear a uniform?
At Eastwood International School, our IB Programstudents do not wear a uniform.
Out of lunch ideas? Or too pressed for time? We've got healthy options for everyone.

Eastwood offers affordably priced, flexible meal plan packages to suit your family's needs throughout the academic year. We also have a cafeteria where students can purchase affordably priced simple sandwiches, healthy snacks, fruit juices, iced tea, and bottled water.

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Did you know we offer the PYP in French?

Eastwood offers the PYP in French due to the significance of the French language to Lebanon’s history, culture, and present day affairs, and due to the rise and growth of French on the global stage. Speaking one of the leading languages of business, education, science, technology, commerce and trade is a form of power and access to greater opportunity, and we aim to provide that power and opportunity to students.

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EIS Early Years: The Reggio Emilia Program

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge.
The value of quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood education cannot be overstated. Children who receive high-quality education in their early years reap benefits in their cognitive and social development, and in the development of their language skills and thinking skills in both the short-term and long term.

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EIS Experiential Online School:
Learn, Anywhere.
Welcome to
EIS Online School
We’ve built an academic program unlike any other in the region: an IB online school. Sign your children up today to learn from the comfort of home, on a plane or halfway across the world. Education should be for everyone, accessible and digital, like the future. Welcome to the online school. Enrollment is now open.