The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP)
The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) offers high quality programmes of international education to a worlwide community of schools. The IB diploma programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education that prepares students for success at the university and life beyond. It is a 2-year pre-unversity course for students of ages 16 to 19 years and is values by all the leading universities arounf the world. There are more than 718,000 IB students at 2.634 schools in 140 countries.
To quote from the IB mission statement,
"The insternational Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peacefull world through intercultural understanding and respect."
The aim of the IB Diploma programme is to develop internationally-minded people who, recongnizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world, The IB learners srive to be:
Effective oral and written communication is focused on throughout the course, In each field of study. Students are expected to carry out investigations and they are introduced to the elements of research. It is a balanced course which emphasizes the development of the child as a whole individual. It prepares children to children to take social and moral challenges that occur in a complex world.
Research suggests that there are many benefits to choosing the IB Diploma Programme. The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
The DP Curriculum
The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the extended essay.
Through the DP core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.
The subjects are chosen from six categories which include:
- Studies in language and literature
- Language acquisition
- Individuals & societies
- The arts
In addition students have to fulfill three other core requirements: Extended Essay – to be written on a topic of the student’s choice following tightly defined guidelines and to be submitted in the final year.
Theory of Knowledge – which asks students to reflect on how they know what they know.
Creativity, Activity and Service – which requires a certain number of hours are committed to the arts, sporting activities and community service.
ASSESSMENT AND EXAMS
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) assesses student work as direct evidence of achievement against the stated goals of the Diploma Programme (DP) courses.
WHO IS THE DP FOR?
The DP is open to any student aged 16 to 19, at schools that have been authorized to implement the programme.
The DP is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education. It addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students, and is respected by universities across the globe. Each of the IB’s programmes, including the DP, is committed to the development of students according to the attributes shown in the IB learner profile.