The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme (DP). The two-year curriculum leads to a qualification widely recognized by the world’s leading universities and prepares students for university by teaching them to ask challenging questions; manage their time effectively and learn efficiently; develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture; and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.

The curriculum covers six subject groups together with a core consisting of three separate components. Normally three subjects are studied at Higher Level (with 240 teaching hours allocated per subject), while the remaining three subjects are studied at Standard Level (150 teaching hours per subject). In addition, all three parts of the core – the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) – are compulsory and central to the DP philosophy. The Extended Essay, a 4,000-word research paper, helps students to develop the independent research and writing skills that will be required at university while the interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to enhance critical thinking skills and help students to understand the nature of the knowledge that is being acquired in their other DP courses. Finally, participation in CAS encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service, fostering awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena.

To learn more about our schools programme, please visit the IBDP Communicator.

This information was taken from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) website. Please visit the IBO website for more information.