THE WORLD OF IB · YOUR PASSPORT TO SUCCESS

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMME

The IB Diploma programme is a rigorous two-year course of study, which meets the needs of highly motivated and academically oriented secondary students. The diploma is accepted worldwide as a high quality pre-university qualification and universities rightly perceive that a student who has completed the requirements of the IB diploma is well prepared for the demands of higher education.

The IB Diploma programme offers breadth of study through the range of subjects studied, the unifying nature of the Theory of Knowledge programme and the holistic nature of the Creativity, Action and Service programme.  Depth of study is provided through the study of three subjects at the Higher Level and the Extended Essay.

At SIS students alternatively have the opportunity to study a selection of IB Diploma Programme courses, which contain many of the same elements as the diploma with less stringent requirements.

The SIS Diploma programme promotes the education of the whole person by emphasising intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth through all domains of knowledge. Learning is focused on the dynamic combination of knowledge, skills, independent critical and creative thought and international-mindedness.

Our first cohort of IB students sat their examinations in May 2002. Typically, between 90 and 95% of students sit for the IB diploma. Our IB graduates have gained places at top universities across Europe and in the U.S.A. and Canada.

A team of well-qualified and experienced teachers nurture and stimulate our IB students.

As a school driven by connected learning, it is our aim to inspire students to realise their full potential as young adults, learners and individuals who can set and attain personal goals

WELCOME TO THE DP

The IB Diploma programme is a rigorous two-year course of study that meets the needs of highly motivated and academically oriented secondary students. The Diploma is accepted worldwide as a high quality pre-university qualification and universities rightly perceive that a student who has completed the requirements of the IB diploma is well prepared for the demands of higher education.

THE IB CURRICULUM

The IB Diploma programme is a rigorous two year course which meets the needs of highly motivated and academically oriented secondary students and is accepted worldwide as a high quality pre-university qualification.

Students on the IB Diploma Programme take six subjects; three at the higher level (HL) and three at standard level (SL). Each student must take one course from each of the first

five groups. They must also take a sixth subject, which may be a subject from Group 6: The Arts, or a second, school nominated, choice from one of groups 2, 3 or 4. At SIS the following choices are possible (but do not always run every year) within each of the groups. Subjects from Groups 2 to 4, which may be taken in place of a Group 6 Arts subject, are indicated in parentheses.

GROUP 1

English A HL
Spanish A
German A
Russian A
English A Lang & Lit SL
Other Language A

GROUP 2

English B
Spanish B
Spanish AB Initio SL
Other Language A or B

GROUP 3

Business & Management
Geography
History
Psychology (online)

GROUP 4

Biology
Physics
Environmental Systems and Societies SL

GROUP 5

Mathematics
Math Studies SL

GROUP 6

Theatre
Visual Arts
Chemistry
French B / AB Initio
Economics
Other Language A or B

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Generally, subjects studied at higher level will reflect the student’s area of interest and specialisation, and will be covered in greater depth and breadth than subjects studied at standard level.

In addition to the subject requirements, the IB Diploma programme includes three fundamental features that contribute to its strength and success. Through their involvement in these components of the course students develop skills which set them apart from other students when they progress to university or college. The student who satisfies the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma demonstrates a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of the mastery of subject content and in the development of skills and discipline necessary for success in a competitive world.

THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE

is an important element of the programme and encourages critical thinking about knowledge itself. Questions like what counts as knowledge? what is the value of knowledge? what are the implications of having, or not having knowledge?, form the core content of this course.

CREATIVITY, ACTION, SERVICE (CAS)

is given great value at SIS and we provide an extensive programme of global citizenship and community service opportunities. Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB Diploma, and whilst not formally assessed, students must document their activities and provide evidence of achieving learning outcomes.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment of achievement in each subject of the IB Programme is based on coursework amounting to 20-50% of the total marks, depending on the subject, and final examinations taken in May of the final year.

Each subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The IB Diploma is awarded to candidates who obtain a minimum of 24 points in the examinations, including a minimum of 12 points gained in higher level subjects. The minimum score of 24 is based on the notion that a grade 4 represents a satisfactory level in each of the six subjects. A candidate must also complete the Creativity, Action and Service Programme to a satisfactory level.

Excellent performance in the six subject areas results in a grade 7 for each, or a total of 42 points. The maximum possible score for the IB diploma is 45.

THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXTENDED ESSAY

Assessment of TOK and the extended essay is by a system of bonus points. In TOK, work is assessed both internally and externally. Extended essays are graded externally. These two components are each graded from A (maximum) to E (minimum). It is possible to gain a bonus of up to 3 points for TOK and extended essay.

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