To help students prepare for the expectations of college and become aware of the positive influence they can have on their own community, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme also requires three core elements.
Theory of Knowledge (Course)
This is an interdisciplinary course that enables students to reflect critically on the question of “How do we know what we know?” They learn about how looking at the way we know things varies from one subject area to the next, and how decision making requires logical connections of differing areas of knowledge.
This is a culminating research paper designed to teach students how to independently research topics, much like those they will be exposed to at the college/university level.
CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service)
Through creative activities, sports, volunteerism, etc., students build confidence in themselves while improving their communities (IBO expects students to make community contributions for an average of 2 hours each week over a student's junior and senior years).