ABOUT THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
There are two opportunities offered by the IBO in the Diploma Programme. One is to pursue the diploma as outlined below. Students may also opt to take individual IB courses, for which they will receive a certificate upon completing the courses successfully. Any student enrolled in an IB course, either as a diploma candidate or as a certificate candidate, is required to sit for all assessments and examinations in that course.
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students in their junior and senior year of high school for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The program has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.
The Diploma Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they:
• develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
• acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from 6 subject groups
• develop the skills and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare them for higher education
• study at least two languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own
• make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the program’s unique theory of knowledge course
• undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the extended essay
enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, action and service
IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of five groups, ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language (currently only available in English), additional language (French, Spanish, German), the social sciences, the experimental sciences, and mathematics. Students may choose either an arts subject (music, theatre, or visual arts) or a second subject from groups 1 to 5.
Accordingly, there will always be at least one course from each group and a balance of standard level and higher level courses available for certificate candidates. As teacher availability and assignments change from year to year, the individual courses are subject to change. Any student who has already started a two year IB course will be able to continue that course even if the teacher changes. A past or current offering does not guarantee that the course will be continued for incoming students; however, there will always be at least one course from each group available.
Students will choose to study their group 1 subject in a language in which they are academically competent. Currently, we only offer English HL as a Group 1 course. International students are encouraged to participate in the IB programme, either as diploma or certificate candidates, but must be able to participate in English without translation on the external assessments.