The IB is an abbreviation for International Baccalaureate. It is a globally recognized school system made of three programs: PYP or Primary Years Program (kindergarten to Grade 5), MYP or Middle Years program (Grade 6 to Grade 10) and DP or Diploma Program (Grade 11 to 12).
The IB program was founded in 1968 by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), a non-profit educational agency based in Geneva, Switzerland. Today, the IBO is an international organization, not linked with any specific country and free of national political agendas in education.
The IBDP is a rigorous and balanced educational program with final exams which equip students aged 16 to 19, for successful university education and life beyond. The program has gained respect and recognition from leading universities of the world and is prized at best international school in Beirut.
Subjects in DP
DP students can take up one subject from each of the 6 subject groups:
- Group 1: First language
- Group 2: Second language
- Group 3: Individuals and Societies (Economics, History, Business, Management, etc.)
- Group 4: Sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Environmental systems)
- Group 5: Computer science and Maths
- Group 6: (Visual Arts or a second subject from Groups 3, 4 or 5)
This is a two-year mandatory study course which covers 3 areas: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay (EE) and Creative Action and Service (CAS).
Theory of Knowledge is concerned with epistemology and develops a coherent approach to learning, which unifies other academic disciplines. In this course of critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowledge and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
The Extended Essay directs students to engage in independent research through a detailed study of a question related to any one of the DP subject areas they are studying. The World Studies extended essay option permits students to focus on a topic of global significance which is perceived from the angle of at least 2 DP subjects.
CAS involves students in arange of activities apart from the academic program. Creativity pushes students to engage in the arts and creative thought. The action attempts to develop a healthy lifestyle via physical activity. Service with the community provides a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three branches of CAS boosts students personal and interpersonal development via experiential learning and enables journeys of self –discovery.
Students take written examinations at the end of the course that is marked by external IB examiners. Studentsalsocompleteassessmenttasks in school, marked either by their teachers or external examiners. The marks bestowed in each course range from 7 (highest) to 1 (lowest). Students may be also awarded 3 additional points for combined results of TOK and EE.
The diploma is awarded to students who score a minimum of 24 points in total, subject to minimal levels of performance across the whole program and with satisfactory participation in CAS. The highest total awarded to an IBDP student is 45 points. Assessment is based on stipulated criterion rather than the performance of other students.
The assessment rigour renders the diploma as highly esteemed with worldwide universities. The IB helps to develop caring, knowledgeable and inquiring young persons, who help create a superior and peaceful world via intercultural respect and understanding.