• Diploma Programme


  • The curriculum for the IBDP is prescribed.  Students must meet the IB DP requirements to receive the IB Diploma at the end of their two years of study. The IB curriculum is divided into six groups or categories:

    Group 1: Student's Best Language
    Group 2: Modern Language
    Group 3: Individuals and Societies
    Group 4: Experimental Sciences
    Group 5: Mathematics
    Group 6: Arts & Electives

    For their junior and senior years, students must choose one course from each of the six groups.

    • At least three (3) courses MUST be a two-year higher level (HL) course. On the IB Course Descriptions page, these courses are marked with asterisks (*).
      • Students may choose (schedule permitting) to study as many as four higher-level courses.
    • Remaining courses will be studied at the standard level (SL).

    Students can make their selection of courses based on their academic strengths and interests. The standard level courses and higher level courses are both rigorous, college level courses in nature, scope and coverage. The higher level courses expand upon the curriculum offered at the standard level and often requires one or more additional internal and/or external assessments.

  • In addition to the coursework described above, the IBDP also requires three additional core elements. These activities are intended to help students prepare for the expectations of college and become aware of the positive influence they can have on their own community. 

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.

Extended Essay

  • 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).

Checklist for IBDP Diploma Completion

  • To earn the IB Diploma, students must complete all of the following:

    1. Score a total of 24 points in all six subject scores. This is an average score of 4 on each exam*.
    2. Complete the Theory of Knowledge course and pass each of its assessment requirements.
    3. Complete the 3-4,000 word Extended Essay and pass its assessment requirements.
    4. Complete approximately 140 hours of Creativity, Activity, and Service.

Exam Scores Examples

  • As an example, if a student earns:

    • a 5 in IB English Literature;
    • a 4 in IB Spanish;
    • a 4 in IB History;
    • a 3 in IB Math;
    • a 5 in IB Science;
    • a 4 in their IB elective;

    they would earn a total of 25 points, which would make them eligible for the IB Diploma.

    If a student earns:

    • a 7 in IB English;
    • a 6 in IB French;
    • a 4 in IB History;
    • a 2 in IB Math;
    • a 2 in IB Science;
    • a 4 in their IB elective;

    even though they have earned a total of 25 points, their two exam scores below a 3 (in Math and Science) make them ineligible to earn the IB Diploma.