The IB Programme Costs have been much discussed and much debated. We have found that especially if the program comes under fire, there is a tendency on the part of School Administration to hide costs deep within the school's general budget. It is important to look for the following costs in addition to the published fees in order to get a full accounting:
**Training Costs: Largest commitment of budget - IB requires that all IB instructors be certified by IB--these costs include the IB fee for the seminar, travel, lodging and sometimes car rental expenses. IB offers three Levels of training. Each Level consists of a three day seminar, rarely offered in a district's home state, and averages $1,500 per teacher, per 3 day seminar. IBO is beginning a new series of "online training courses". These 6 week "sessions" consist of a teacher logging into an IB "message board" for four (4) hours a week. The cost for the "online training" isapprox. $620 (per teacher, per course). **Application fees: Have now risen to a total of $23,000 per school! Consideration Phase - $4,000 Part A - $9,500 Part B - $9,500 This is up from $17,000 just one year ago. Also, schools are required to pay IB annual membership fees for the two years a school undergoes the authorization process. In the case of a school applying for the IB Diploma program, not including IB teacher training, a district will pay $23,000 for the "privilege" of applying to IBO. The application includes two days of an IB Consultant's services. School responsible for additional 20 hours of IB Consultant stipend, estimate approx. $3,300. Costs associated with required IB Evaluation visits - approx. $3,500 per IB team visit.
ANNUAL ONGOING COSTS
Ongoing teacher training - variable, $20-60,000 per year avg.
Salaries and benefits for additional instructors: IB requires that foreign language be taught a specific number of hours per week in the Elementary School. This requirement often necessitates additional staff.
Establishment of IB Coordinator Positions - (recommended at least 25% release time)
CAS Supervisor - (stipend approx. $2,500 - 3,500)
EE Supervisor - (stipend approx. $2,500 - 3,500)
Books and materials for IB classes - IB course guides must be purchased from IB Store - $20-30,000 Postage to mail materials to IB offices around the world. (avg. of $5-7,000 per yr.)
Salaries for substitutes for IB classes when teachers are out for training - (variable)
IB DP Student registration fees - $129$135$145$151 per student, certificate or full diploma, payable in the year first IB exam is taken.
IB MYP Student registration fee - $60$67 per student
IB MYP Course moderation fee - $640$684 per subject
Annual IB MYP authorization dues - $8,000$8,400 $8,550 $8,700
Annual IB PYP authorization dues - $7,000$7,300 $7,450 $7,600
$91$92$96$104 (as of January, 2013) test fee per IB subject - in some districts, this fee is included in the budget but NOT picked up for AP students
IBDP Online courses through Pajoma - IBO expects to have a full offering of Diploma courses available by 2013. A school must already be authorized as an IB World School in order for students to enroll in these courses. You can get an idea of the current fees HERE, but expect those to increase significantly by 2013.
"IB Students are Happier", IB Sales Pitch of the Naughts
Perhaps in the near future, when TAIB editors aren't so full of Christmas cheer and have the stomach to seriously analyze this marketing technique, we can put together something formidable. For now, suffice it to say that anyone of sound mind and body can't seriously BUY this eduspin. One very SOUND outcome of this audio file however, is the almost offhand mention by the presenter that where she comes from, IB operates as a SATELLITE school. She warns of making sure a district has a proper FEEDING PATTERN. Okay, we don't want to prejudice your listening of this tape any further but would really be interested in feedback from readers as to what they think of the tape. [SPOILER ALERT: IB stats for teacher attrition rate accounts for 1 teacher who died - comment received with loud laughter]