In grades 11 and 12, combining intellectual exploration with hands-on independent projects, the IB Diploma Program (DP) prepares students for college success and engaged global citizenship.
THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE (TOK)
Explore the question of how we know what we claim to know. You'll show what you've learned by giving an oral presentation and developing a 1,600-word essay.
Learn the fundamentals of conducting independent research--and how to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate knowledge. Selecting a topic of personal interest, you'll share your findings in a 4,000-word essay.
CREATIVITY, ACTIVITY, SERVICE (CAS)
Deepen--and reflect on--your learning by pairing your studies with extracurricular, community service, and athletic activities. Then, measure your work against the IB's learning outcomes, such as working collaboratively, undertaking a new challenge, and demonstrating an understanding of global issues.
Students are required to choose one subject from each of the six academic areas, although they can choose a second subject from groups 1 to 5 instead of a group 6 (Arts) subject. Normally, three subjects (and not more than four) are taken at a higher level (HL), and the others are taken at standard level (SL). Subjects at HL are studied in greater depth and breadth than at SL. At both levels, many skills are developed, especially those of critical thinking and analysis. At the end of the course, students' abilities are measured by means of external assessment. Many subjects containt some element of coursework assessed by teachers.