Background on IBDP



The aim of all International Baccalaureate (IB) programs is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a more peaceful world.  In the case of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), students are given the opportunity to follow an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations at the end of its two-year cycle. The aim of the IBDP is to develop inquisitive, knowledgeable and caring citizens who can help in the development of a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.


The IBDP curriculum is reflected in six academic areas surrounding three core requirements.  Over the two-year cycle, students study six subjects chosen from the six groups.  They broaden their horizons in languages (Groups 1 & 2), social sciences (Group 3), experimental sciences (Group 4), and mathematics (Group 5) by choosing one subject from each of Groups 1 to 5.  The sixth subject may be an arts subject (from Group 6) or another subject from Groups 1 to 5.  Normally, three subjects are studied at a Higher Level (recommended 240 teaching hours) and the remaining three subjects are studied at the Standard Level (recommended 150 teaching hours).  Beyond the six subjects, IBDP students complete an Extended Essay (EE), follow a course in Theory of Knowledge (ToK), and are actively involved in the Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) Program.  As the core elements, EE, ToK and CAS are integral to fostering research and study skills, growth of critical thinking skills, as well as nurturing personal, social, and empathetic awareness.