The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically rigorous program that prepares students aged 16 to 19 for university. By tending to students’ academic, interpersonal, whole lives, our program develops multi-talented, caring young people who are inspired to contribute good to the world using their unique strengths and talents. The IB Diploma Programme is recognized by the world’s leading universities, and graduates are highly sought after as the diploma prepares students for active participation in a globally evolving society.
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Diploma Programme Model

The Diploma Programme has six main areas of study. All schools authorized to teach the DP have a similar structure, but may have different subject offerings due to their size and interests of the students. Students choose one subject from each area of study — three at the higher level (HL), which amounts to three credits over two years, and three at the standard level (SL), which amounts to two credits over one or two years. They then also take the theory of knowledge (TOK) class for two terms over two years, complete the extended essay and complete their Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) responsibilities.

GROUP 1: HL Language and Literature – compulsory English credits
GROUP 2: Language Acquisition – SL French (taught in Year 1)
GROUP 3: Individuals and Societies, HL History of the Americas, HL Business Management, SL History (taught over 2 years)
GROUP 4: Sciences – SL Biology (taught over 2 years), HL Chemistry, SL Physics (taught over 2 years)
GROUP 5: Mathematics – SL Math (taught over two years), Math Studies (taught over two years)
GROUP 6: Arts and electives (one SL from the other groups) – Visual Arts

For International Students:
GROUP 1: HL Mandarin Language and Literature  (taught over 2 years)
GROUP 2: Students will have the opportunity to study SL English in order to earn an English 4U university entrance compulsory credit.