The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Program (DP) was established to provide students with a balanced education, facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding.
The Diploma Program curriculum sets out the requirements for study of the DP. The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.
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.
Students choose courses from the following six subject groups: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts.
Students may opt to study an additional course in a different subject instead of a course in the arts.
Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.
Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level.
Sample IB Diploma Programme Pathway
9th 10th 11th 12th SL/HL DP Group English Pre DP English 1 Pre DP English 2 HL English Year 1 HL English Year 2 HL Group 1 Second Language Pre DP Spanish 2 Pre DP Spanish 3 Spanish SL Additional Elective/Athletics SL Group 2 Social Studies AP Human Geography AP World History Pre DP US History HL History HL Group 3 Science Pre DP Biology Pre DP Chemistry SL Science Year 1 SL Science Year 2 SL Group 4 Math Pre DP Algebra II Pre DP Geometry SL Math Year 1 SL Math Year 2 SL Group 5 CTE/Elective Principles of Business and Marketing BIM HL Economics Year 1 HL Economics Year 2 HL Group 6/Elective Elective/TOK Fine Art Fine Art AP Govt/ TOK TOK /Off Campus TOK Elective PE/Athletics Additional Elective/Athletics Additional Elective/Athletics Additional Elective/Athletics SL = Standard Level HL = Higher Level
Last Modified on August 20, 2020