IB Diploma Program

The IB Diploma Program (DP) is the challenging university preparatory curriculum undertaken by all WIS Grades 11 and 12 students. A comprehensive and intellectually stimulating course of study, the DP is recognized by colleges and universities through the world, often leading to preferential admissions and advanced standing for DP students.

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-Activity-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; high scores may afford graduates university credit for their high school work.

Graphic About IB DP Program
WIS Average 34 (world 30.2)
Scores of 40 or above (45 max) 14.5% (world 8.6%)
Candidate Pass Rate 95% (world 80%)
Bilingual Diplomas 72% (world 27%)
Average Subject Score 5.38 (world 4.83)
WIS Percent 6s and 7s 42.6%