International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a recognized leader in the field of international education, encouraging students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners. The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB Diploma Programme was created in 1968 and is one of the most academically challenging, rigorous academic programs that prepares students for success in college and life beyond. The program is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

The Curriculum

IB Diploma Programme students study six courses at higher level or standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 5. In addition the Programme has three core requirements to challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding:

  • The extended essay (EE) requires independent research and in-depth study of a question relating to one subject. Please click this link to see the Ethical Guidelines for Extended Essays Ethical Guidelines 2012-2014
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge.
  • Creativity, action, service (CAS) requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom.

Students take written examinations which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school (ex. research project or portfolio project), which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole Programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Classes

• Language and Literature: English III, English IV

• Language Acquisition: Arabic, French, Mandarin, Spanish

• Individuals and Societies: History of the Americas, World History

• Sciences: Environmental Systems and Societies

• Mathematics and Computer Sciences: Math Studies

• The Arts: Art, Film Studies

• Theory of Knowledge

If you would like to learn more about the IHSNO IB Diploma Programme see here:

IBDP General Presentation