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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Grades 11 and 12)

What is the IB Diploma Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) is a two year programme meant to prepare students for prestigious universities around the world. The IB aims to develop “inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” (Source : www.ibo.org)

Why study the IBDP?

Top universities around the world offer university credits to those students who score high on IB exams. Successful IBDP candidates may complete university studies in less time than their peers who have studied an alternate university curriculum. Students who have completed the full IB Diploma are eligible for a higher scholarship from many universities in the US, UK and Canada.

How does the curriculum work?

IBDP students are required to choose one subject from each of the Subject Groups 1 – 5. It is not compulsory to choose a subject from Group 6.
In case a student is not choosing a subject from Group 6, he or she can choose the sixth subject from any of the other subject groups (preferably Group 3 or 4).

 Group 1: Studies in language and literature (English)

 Group 2: Language acquisition (Ab initio French / French B / Ab initio Spanish / Spanish B / Ab initio German / Hindi B )

 Group 3: Individuals and Societies (History, Economics, Business Management, Psychology, Digital Society, Environmental Systems & Societies)

 Group 4: Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems & Societies, Computer Science and Design Technology)

 Group 5: Mathematics (Mathematics Analysis and Approaches & Mathematics Applications and Interpretation)

 Group 6: The Arts (Visual Arts, Theater and Music)

 Group 7: Apart from the six subjects, student’s pursuing the IBDP must complete the DP core requirements of CAS, TOK, and EE.

In addition to the above:

  All students must write a 4000-word Extended Essay (EE) based on a topic of student’s personal interest thus preparing students for university-level research and writing

  They will also follow the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, which teaches them to reflect on the nature of knowledge by examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason, intuition, imagination) and different areas of knowledge (ethics, natural sciences, human sciences, history, math etc.)

  Participate in Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) by actively learning from the experience of doing creative projects or service activities outside of the classroom

How are the students assessed in the IBDP?

There are two kinds of assessment – Internal and External. Internal assessments include oral work in languages, fieldwork in geography, laboratory work in the sciences, investigations in mathematics, artistic performances, research project in business management etc. External assessments include essays, structured problems, short-response questions, data-response questions, text-response questions, case-study questions and multiple-choice questions (limited use of these).

Students are also assessed on theory of knowledge essays, extended essays and world literature. These are completed with teacher supervision and then marked by external examiners.

How are the students in IBDP graded?

Each of the six subjects offered is graded on the following scale:
Grade 7 = Excellent
Grade 6 = Very good
Grade 5 = Good
Grade 4 = Satisfactory
Grade 3 = Mediocre
Grade 2 = Poor
Grade 1 = Very poor
Up to three bonus points can be awarded to students based on the overall performance in Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. The maximum score for the Diploma is 45 points.

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