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Grades 11 & 12 / 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 international qualification for university.  A good performance in the IBDP generally improves a student’s 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 students are offered 6 subject groups First Language, Second Language, Individuals and Society, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and Visual Arts. Students are required to choose from all subject groups with 3 subjects at Higher Level and 3 at Standard Level. Apart from the subject groups, students also complete 3 core components of Extended Essay (research essay), Theory of Knowledge (an enquiry into the nature of knowledge) and CAS( Creativity, Action and Service activities).

Subject Options

Language A- Language and Literature HL/SL
  • Spanish ab initio SL
  • Spanish B SL
  • French ab initio SL
  • French B SL 
  • History HL/SL
  • Economics HL/SL
  • Biology HL /SL
  • Chemistry HL/SL
  • Physics HL/SL
  • Math HL
  • Math SL
  • Math Studies SL
  • Music HL/SL
  • Visual Arts HL/SL

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.. 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 years. Visit the official site of IB for further details.

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 that help them move beyond academic success.

  • Principled
  • Caring
  • Courageous
  • Balanced
  • Communicator
  • Thinker
  • Inquirer
  • Open-minded
  • Reflective
  • Knowledgeable