About the IB
Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programs of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the IB has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement. They work with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.Schools must be authorized, by the IB organization, to offer any of the programs.
About the Diploma Programme
The Diploma Program is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range. It is a broad-based two-year course that aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable and inquiring, but also caring and compassionate. There is a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and the attitudes necessary for them to respect and evaluate a range of points of view.
About the Diploma Programme Curriculum
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.
Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
The three core elements are:
- Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
- The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
- Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.
The six subject groups are:
- Studies in language and literature
- Language acquisition
- Individuals and societies
- The arts.
The course is presented as six academic areas enclosing a central core (see figure below). It encourages the concurrent study of a broad range of academic areas. Students study two modern languages (or a modern language and a classical language), a humanities or social science subject, a science subject, mathematics and one of the creative arts. It is this comprehensive range of subjects that makes the DP a demanding course of study designed to prepare students effectively for university entrance. In each of the academic areas students have flexibility in making their choices, which means they can choose subjects that particularly interest them and that they may wish to study further at university.
Choosing the right combination
Students are required to choose one subject from each of the six academic areas, although they can, insteadof an arts subject, choose two subjects from another area. Normally, three subjects (and not more thanfour) are taken at higher level (HL), and the others are taken at standard level (SL).
At both levels, many skills are developed, especially those of critical thinking and analysis. At the end ofthe course, students’ abilities are measured by means of external assessment. Many subjects contain someelement of coursework assessed by teachers.
Students not enrolled for the full Diploma Programme may choose to experience the IB as a Diploma Programme Course candidate. In this case, students may choose to take one, two or three IB courses and continue their schedule with the American Diploma subjects. Students also have the option to take CAS, EE or TOK as standalone courses. Many universities in North America, and several other parts of the world, recognize isolated DP courses alone or in combination with other programmes of study.
For more information, please visit: http://www.ibo.org/