IB Diploma students study six academic areas over two years in which they are awarded points. Students complete assessment tasks in the classroom, which are scored by their teachers, and then moderated by IB. Additionally, students take written examinations at the end of the program, which are marked by external IB examiners.
Why Choose IB?
Courses in the IB Diploma Programme stress depth over breadth in learning and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Because students are required to accept more responsibility and accountability for their education, the Diploma Program will have students exceptionally well prepared to succeed at the university level.
IB teachers are required to complete ongoing high quality professional development in their subject area. A worldwide network of teachers and examiners is available to link educators through online forums and best practices in their respective curricula.
Six Core Subjects
The IB curriculum is comprised of 6 subject areas in which students are tested, surrounding a unifying core. These core requirements are intended to unify the subject areas and give students ownership of their educational experience.
The 6 core subjects are:
Group 1 - Language Arts
Language and Literature
Group 2 - Second Language
Subjects: French, Spanish
Group 3 - Individuals and Societies
Subject: History of the Americas
Group 4 - Experimental Sciences
Subjects: Biology, Chemistry
Group 5 - Mathematics
Group 6 - The Arts & Electives
Subjects: Music, Visual Arts, Sports, Health and Exercise Science (Athletics)
Theory of Knowledge
Theory of Knowledge unifies the six subject areas and develops inquiry and critical thinking. Students learn the development of cognition and to identify how and why cultural norms exist. They are also tasked with creating a quarterly newsletter, which can be found here.
In addition to the six academic subjects, diploma candidates must meet:
Creativity, Action, Service requires students to be involved in sports, artistic pursuits, and community service ( 150 hours minimum) with a goal of providing a balance between academic and social life.
The Extended Essay offers an opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest at length and to become familiar with the research and writing skills expected at the university level. It provides for a mentor teacher to assist students in developing this “mini-thesis.”