What is the Diploma Programme?
The Diploma Programme (DP) is a curriculum framework designed by International Baccalaureate (IB) for students in their last two years of high school.
International Baccalaureate students graduating with the IB diploma are able to study at universities all around the world, often with advanced credit. Students report on their preparedness for college, especially compared to their peers. They comment on their self-confidence, research skills and their ability to manage their time. Even more importantly, they have developed a sense of the world around them and their responsibility to it.
Diploma Programme students study six subjects, three at standard level and three at higher level, over their two years in the program. In addition, they complete the theory of knowledge (TOK), the extended essay and at least 150 hours of CAS-creativity, activity and service tasks outside of the classroom.
TOK (Theory of knowledge) is an interdisciplinary course designed to help students question and understand how they know what they know. Students study how individuals from various disciplines view the world in order to develop their own ways of thinking. The TOK seeks to help students make sense of school and the world across disciplines.
CAS (Creativity-activity-service) is an experiential learning component of the IB. Students complete a wide variety of extracurricular, community service and athletic options to fulfill this requirement.
The extended essay introduces students to the demands and the rewards of independent work. Emphasis is placed on doing university-level research and communicating their ideas effectively in order to write a 4,000-word essay in an area of personal interest.