Introduction to the IBDP Programme
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
is a rigorous academic programme
offered at ISH in Grades 11 and 12. It
is the most widely recognized
qualification for university. A good
performance in the IBDP generally improves a studentís competitiveness for
admission to universities around the world, particularly to universities in
Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. Some
universities also offer credits for college level courses if students achieve
certain scores on the IBDP.
In the IBDP programme, the student must take
6 subjects, 3
at Higher Level and 3 at Standard Level. THE IBDP is
internally and externally examined.
Subjects are graded 1 through 7, with 7 being the highest level of
achievement and 1 being the lowest.
A student can earn an IBDP if she/he meets the criteria
● Meets the base
standards on the Internal Assessments and externally assessed exams in 6
subjects, 3 taken at Higher Level & 3 taken at Standard Level.
● Meets the
requirements of Theory of Knowledge.
completes an Extended Essay (a long research paper).
completes the IBDP Creativity, Action, & Service (CAS) requirements.
Assessments for the IBDP include coursework, practical
exercises, oral and listening tests, and written examinations. During their
course of studies, IBDP students carry out Internal Assessments (IAs) in their
subjects and take a series of externally assessed exams at the end of their two
At the core of the IB Programme is the student learner
who, in the course of her/his studies, develops each of the following traits of
the IB Learner Profile.
● Risk taker
The IBDP Program of Studies
The IBDP has many of the strengths of a broad,
traditional curriculum, with three important additional features: Theory of
Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay (EE); and the Creativity, Action, &
Service (CAS) Programme. Those features
are indicated at the center
of the hexagonal
programme model pictured below.
of Knowledge (TOK)
The aim of TOK is to
teach students to think more about the so-called Ways of Knowing (WOKs)
and Areas of Knowledge (AOKs) and to be more critical thinkers about knowledge
claims, values, and biases. The course
considers ways in which we gain our understanding through perception, language,
reasoning, and emotion. It examines the approaches to knowledge taken by
mathematics, the natural and human sciences, history, the arts, and ethics, and
encourages students to examine them in relationship to one other and in
relation to the studentsí own experiences.
TOK explores the difficulties that arise in justifying assertions, establishing
certainty, and ascertaining the truth. TOK is a key element in encouraging
students to appreciate other cultural perspectives. The course is unique to the IBO, which
recommends at least 100 hours of teaching time spanning the IBDPís two years.
Successful completion of TOK is a requirement for the award of the IBDP.
Assessment: Students give an
oral presentation (internally assessed) either as a group or individually and
write an essay of up to 1,500 words (externally assessed). TOK assessments are
given a letter grade of A-E, with ďAĒ being best. The marks earned in TOK are considered in
conjunction with the Extended Essay to determine bonus points for the IBDP.
Action, & Service (CAS)
The Creativity, Action, & Service (CAS) Programme
involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic
studies. CAS enables students to
enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential
learning. CAS also provides a healthy
counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the Diploma Programme.
A good CAS Programme is both challenging and enjoyable, a personal journey of
self‑ discovery. CAS activities
continue on a regular basis for at least 18 months. Successful completion of CAS is a requirement
for the award of the IBDP. The three
strands of CAS are:
Arts, and other experiences that involve creative thinking.
● Action: Physical
exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle.
● Service: Unpaid
and voluntary efforts that have learning benefit for the student. The rights,
dignity and autonomy of all those involved are respected.
Extended Essay (EE)
Each student has the opportunity to investigate a topic
of special interest for his/her extended essay.
The Extended Essay acquaints DP students with valuable independent
research and writing skills. The IBO recommends that a student devote a total
of about 40 hours of private study and writing time to the essay. The Extended Essay permits a student to
deepen her/his understandings of a topic already studied or to add breadth to
the academic experience by writing on a subject not studied. ISH requires that students write their
Extended Essays in subjects in which they are enrolled. The student is guided in her/his work by an
Extended Essay Advisor.
The EE is an essay of 4,000 words. The marks earned on the EE are considered in
conjunction with performance in TOK to determine bonus points for the
IBDP. The Extended Essay is externally
assessed and along with TOK can contribute to three bonus points.