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International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a rigorous two-year course of study that meets the needs of highly motivated juniors and seniors. It is a challenging program designed as a comprehensive and balanced curriculum that seeks to educate the whole person through an international and interdisciplinary approach. It provides students of different linguistic, cultural and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social and critical perspectives necessary for the adult world that lies ahead of them.

Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

IB Philosophy

Through comprehensive and balanced curricula coupled with challenging assessments, IBO helps schools develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate classroom experiences to the realities of the world.

Beyond intellectual rigor and high academic standards, the IB places strong emphasis on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship. As a result, IB students may become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs - conscious of the humanity that binds all people together while respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that makes for the richness of life. The intent is that students learn how to learn, how to analyze, how to reach considered conclusions about people, their languages and literature, their ways in society and the scientific forces of the environment.

Curriculum Information

In order to achieve the IB diploma, a student must study six academic subjects concurrently over two years. At least three subjects must be at the “higher level” (representing about 240 hours total contact time) and the others at the “standard level” (about 150 contact time). One subject must be chosen from each of five groups: first language, second language, individuals and societies, experimental sciences and mathematics and computer science. The sixth subject may be chosen from either the arts or a second subject from the five other groups. In addition, the program includes compulsory core components including the Theory of Knowledge (TOK); an extended essay of 4,000 words; and Creativity, Actions, Services (CAS).

The IB Diploma Programme offers a balance between knowledge of academic subjects and student reflection on issues where that knowledge touches his/her life.

At the end of the two-year programme, students are assessed both internally (teacher assessed) and externally (outside evaluation) in ways that measure individual performance against stated objectives for each subject. The exams are graded on a scale of one to seven points. TOK and the extended essay may be jointly awarded up to three more points, making a maximum of 45 points for the diploma. To receive the diploma, a minimum score of 24 points is required.

More Information Regarding This Program

DownloadUnderstanding Assessment Scores (PDF 1.12 MB)
DownloadCore Elements (PDF < 1 MB)
DownloadStudent Brochure (PDF 1.22 MB)
DownloadLearner Profile (PDF 1.97 MB)
DownloadIB Informational Handout (PDF < 1 MB)
DownloadIB Night Presentation (PDF 11.71 MB)