The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepare students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The programme is taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. Since the late 1960s, the programme has:
- provided a package of education that balances subject breadth and depth, and considers the nature of knowledge across disciplines through the unique theory of knowledge course
- encouraged international-mindedness in IB students, starting with a foundation in their own language and culture
- developed a positive attitude to learning that prepares students for university education
- gained a reputation for its rigorous external assessment with published global standards, making this a qualification welcomed by
- emphasized the development of the whole student – physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
The Curriculum: Diploma Programme
Diploma Programme candidates are required to study six subjects and a programme core. One subject is chosen from each of groups 1 to 5 and the sixth subject from group 6 or, alternatively, the student can elect to study a second subject from groups 1 to 4, further mathematics HL from group 5 or an IB approved school based syllabus. The core of the Diploma Programme consists of the theory of knowledge (TOK), the extended essay (EE) and creativity, action, service (CAS). Theory of knowledge provides a forum for discussion, reflection and instruction that considers the nature of human knowledge and supports the development of interdisciplinary understanding. The extended essay provides the opportunity to investigate an academic research question of individual interest and in the process to develop the independent research and writing skills expected for further education. Participation in the school’s CAS programme broadens the educational experience by expecting students to be involved in creative, physical and service activities. 50pecialization is provided by requiring at least three