IB Diploma Programme
India International School (IIS) offers The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) was formally established in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968. The DP is a 2-year course of study at the High School level for students aged 16-18.
The structure of the DP is different from other courses, because the programme reflects the educational practices, across the globe, preparing students for university.
The IB Mission
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, government and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
In order to achieve an IB- Diploma, students must choose 3 subjects at standard level (150 hours of teaching) and 3 subjects at a higher level (240 hours of teaching) from the six groups of study.
For students who desire to pursue their career in India can register for the IB – Alternate Course by being exempted from Extended Essay, TOK, and CAS.
Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
English A: Literature
Group 2: Languages Acquisition
English B, French B, Hindi B, Frenchab initio,
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Economics, Business and Management, Psychology, Environmental Systems & Societies (trans-disciplinary subject)
Group 4: Experimental Sciences
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science
Group 5: Mathematics
Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL, Mathematical Studies SL
Group 6: The Art
Visual Art or a second subject from Groups 3 or 4
In addition all students must complete 3 additional requirements:
• An Extended Essay (EE) of some 4000 words, which provides the first experience of an independent research paper. The focus of the essay must relate to one of the student’s academic subjects.
• A course entitled Theory of Knowledge, (TOK) which explores the relationships among the various disciplines, and ensures that students engage in critical reflection and analysis of the knowledge acquired within and beyond the classroom.
• Participation in Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) activities. All IB students are expected to contribute at least half a day per week towards CAS to accumulate 150 hours at the completion of the course. This is to create opportunities for service and enhance interpersonal and communication skills.
At India International School we offer 2 options:
One subject from each group or select the sixth subject from Groups 3 or 4 instead of Group 6.
One subject each from Groups 1, 2 and 5, remaining three subjects from Group 3 and 4. This enables them to take up professional courses like Engineering/Medical for admission to universities in India and some universities abroad.
The IB includes Internal and External Assessment methods. The internal includes oral work in languages, laboratory work in the sciences, investigations in mathematics and artistic performances. The external assessment includes essays, structured problems, short-response questions, data-response questions, text-response questions, case-study questions and multiple-choice questions.Written examinations are conducted at the end of the two years, and coursework makes up 20% – 50% of the final score.
Grading system is measured against standards that are applicable worldwide. Students can obtain grades from 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum) for each subject they are examined in. To achieve the Diploma, a minimum score of 24 (the maximum is 42) to be obtained in academic subjects including 3 credits from Extended Essay, TOK and CAS.
All overseas universities, and India, recognise the IB Diploma Programme. This means they will grant university entrance based on the student’s performance in the IB exams.
To know more, visit www.ibo.org