International Baccalaurate in the Karinthy Frigyes Gimnázium
Karinthy Frigyes Gimnázium was the first state school in Eastern Europe that was given permission by the International Baccalaureate Office in Geneva to introduce the prestigious International Baccalaureate programme in 1992, having carefully investigated the professional background of the school.
The International Baccalaureate Organisation's Diploma Programme is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to a diploma of secondary education. It is designed for highly motivated secondary school students aged 16 to 19, giving IB diploma holders access to more than two thousand universities, including the world's leading universities in more than a hundred countries. Internationally mobile students are also able to transfer from one IB school to another.
The programme is a comprehensive two-year international curriculum, available in English at the Karinthy Frigyes Gimnázium in Budapest, Hungary. This school was the first in Eastern Europe to introduce this prestigious IB programme in 1992 and since then the average grades of the students at Karinthy have always been amongst the best in the world.
The programme has an idealistic vision: students should share a high academic experience that would emphasise critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to a variety of points of view.
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The IB coordinators have been: Ms. Sándor, Éva, Mr. Martin, Péter, Ms. Cserép, Szilvia and Mr. Salamon, Attila(currently).
Results and Further Studies
Our students' results have always been amongst the best in the world, in several years we have had a student with maximum points (45), which is regarded as an exceptional result.
All our students have continued their studies in higher education either in Hungary or abroad. We have ex-KFG students both in European and in American universities (e.g.: Sorbonne, Harvard) studying in all walks of academic life.
There has been great media interest in our school, especially since we started the IB programme. The Diplomas have been handed over by the Lord Mayor of Budapest and Ministers of Education.