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 Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging, highly respected academically demanding course which is internationally recognized and which universities worldwide accept as suitable for entry to degree courses.
Students will study 6 subjects — 1 subject from each group.
3 subjects will be studied at higher level each representing 240 teaching hours.
3 subjects will be studied at standard level each representing 150 teaching hours.
Students will also study the following:
Theory of Knowledge
CAS- Creativity, Action and Service — approximately 150 hours over 2 years
Extended Essay — 4,000 words and completed in the 2nd year.
What types of subjects are in each group?
- Group 1: Language A: This is for students to study in their native language and focuses on world literature
- Group 2: Language B: Students study a second language which is not their native language.
- Ab Initio Language: Students can study a new language from the beginning
- Group 3: This covers the Humanities such as History and Geography, Economics etc. and focuses on human development and human impact on the world.
- Group 4: This focuses on the sciences and the impact of technology
- Group 5: This focuses on various mathematics courses
- Group6: This covers the visual arts but astudent can also pick upasecond subject from Groups2, 3and 4
What subjects are offered in each group?
Although these subjects have not yet been finalized the following subjects may possibly be available dependent on teacher recruitment and student demand
- Group 1 Language A: English, Russian
- Group 2 Language B: English, Russian
- Ab Initio: Other beginners languages will depend on availability of suitable language teachers
- Group 3: Geography, History, Business & Management, Economics (dependent on availability of suitable language teachers)
- Group 4: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
- Group 5: Math’s SL/HL, Further Math’s SL, Math’s. Studies SL
- Group 6: Visual Arts or another subject from groups 2, 3, 4
What are TOK, CAS and the Extended Essay?
Theory of Knowledge
This course follows on from ATL and asks questions about how we learn and what are the purposes of learning. Students produce 1 essay on a given question at the end of the course. TOK is compulsory and students cannot achieve a diploma without it.
Creativity, Action and Service
This is an opportunity for being involved in community service, learning a new sport or developing a new creative skill. Approximately 50 hours are given to each aspect of CAS. Students’ keep a diary which is checked as well the hours given to each part of CAS. CAS is compulsory and students cannot achieve a diploma without it.
Students’ select a topic of their choice and have to research and prepare a 4,000 word essay on this under the supervision of an Extended Essay supervisor. Students’ normally begin towards the end of year 1 and complete this towards the end of year 2. This is compulsory and students’ cannot achieve the diploma without submitting an Extended Essay.
How will the Diploma Programme be assessed?
Students will follow a prescribed syllabus for each subject. The final assessment will be based on externally set exams for each subject area.
TOK will be assessed by submitting of an essay from a given title and making an internally assessed presentation. This will be marked by the TOK teacher and moderated.
CAS will be assessed by the successful completion of a record sheet signed by the CAS Coordinator and a report provided on a student’s level of participation.
The Extended Essay will be marked by a supervisor according to IB criteria and then sent for moderation.
In what languages will students study the IB Diploma?
Apart from Groups 1 and 2 subjects you will study all other subjects in English.
How do students apply to study for the IB Diploma Programme?
In April 2011 students’ can apply to the Secondary Administration team and then sit entrance tests in English and Mathematics. Students’ work during your Grade 9 and 10 MYP courses will also be reviewed.