IB Diploma Program, Grades 11-12
Students in Grades 11 and 12 follow the IB Diploma Program. Success in the culminating oral and written examinations may afford graduates university credit for their high school work. Students select six subjects for two years study: English, one or two other languages, and at least one course each in mathematics, experimental science, and social science. Arts courses are also available, but are not required to earn the Diploma. Three courses are taken at Higher Level and three at Standard Level, allowing students to pursue advanced work of particular interest.
In addition to the course requirements, IB Diploma candidates must take a Theory of Knowledge course – a critical thinking and philosophy seminar – and engage in an intensive research investigation culminating in a 4,000-word essay. Students also complete a minimum of 60 hours of volunteer community service, choosing the activities and evaluating themselves, as part of a Creativity-Action-Service component.
At the end of Grade 12, IB Diploma candidates complete a three-week battery of oral and written examinations in all of their Diploma subjects. Exams are prepared and externally graded under the supervision of the International Baccalaureate Organization.