From the ibo.org website:|
The curriculum IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of
five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in
their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the
experimental sciences and mathematics. Student may choose either an arts
subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5.
At least three and not more than four
subjects are taken at higher level (240 teaching hours), while the other
subjects are taken at standard level (150 teaching hours). Students can
study and take examinations, in English, French or Spanish.
In addition to disciplinary and
interdisciplinary study, the Diploma Programme features three core
elements that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge
them to apply their knowledge and skills.
The Diploma Programme core
- The extended essay asks
students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of
a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. The
world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.
- Theory of knowledge develops
a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines.
In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of
knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human
- Creativity, action, service (CAS)
involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic
studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students
to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a
healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community
offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three
strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development
through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.