WHAT IS THE IBDP?
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme is taught to students between the ages of 16-19 with the aim of developing students breadth and depth of knowledge and encouraging a global outlook.
There are six subject groups. Students must take one subject from each of the first five groups; the sixth subject can be either from Group 6 or an additional subject from Groups 1-5. Three subject groups are taken at Higher Level (HL) and the other three in Standard Level (SL).
Each subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The maximum score achievable by IB students is 45 points.
The IBDP requires students to take an addition of three core elements: theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Students who take the IB diploma programme are encouraged to think critically and challenge assumptions. They are taught to be open-minded and principled thinkers, inquirers and global communicators.
The IB encourages both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.
Theory of knowledge (TOK) plays a special role in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), by providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know.
THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME CURRICULUM IS MADE UP OF THREE REQUIRED COMPONENTS:
IB Students must undertake CAS activities outside their academic studies.
Arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the DP.
An unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student. The rights, dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.
The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper, from a Group subject of their choice.