The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of study that leads to examinations, for highly motivated secondary school students. It is a comprehensive two- year curriculum that generally allows students to fulfil requirements of various national education systems. IB Diploma holders gain admission to universities in India and throughout the world, including the most elite.
The IB Diploma model incorporates the best elements of several national systems, without being based on any one. Responsibility for all academic judgements about the quality of candidates' work rests with more than 4000 examiners worldwide, led by chief examiners with international authority in their fields
AIU (Association Of Indian Universities) accept IB Diploma results for entry into Indian colleges and universities after the diploma (i.e. after Grade 12).
IB Diploma is recognised worldwide by reputed universities around the world.
IB Learner Profiles
Instruction that will help all children develop specific character attributes and attitudes towards leaning as well as towards all people and the environment. The IB curriculum aims to develop the following attributes in the students of the diploma programme:
The IB Diploma Programme offers three special features:
Theory of Knowledge -(TOK) is an interdisciplinary requirement intended to stimulate critical reflection on knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. The course challenges students to question the basis of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases, to develop the ability to analyze and evidence that is expressed in a rational argument. It is a key element in encouraging them to appreciate other cultural perspectives. The course is unique to the 1B, which recommends at least 100 hours of teaching time spanning the programme’s two years.
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
IB’s goal is to educate the whole person and foster responsible and compassionate citizens. The CAS programme encourages students to share their energy and special talents with others. Students may, for example, participate in theatre or musical productions, sports and community service activities. Students should, through these activities, develop greater awareness of themselves, concern for others, and the ability to work cooperatively with other people.
Each student has the opportunity to investigate a topic ot special interest and submit an essay of 4000 words. The essay requirement acquaints diploma candidates with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected by universities. The 1B recommends that a student devote a total of about 40 hours of private study and writing time for the essay, which may be written in one of the Diploma programme subjects or interdisciplinary World studies essay from two subjects.
The IB Diploma Curriculum
Source: Iborganization. “Diploma Programme (DP).” International Baccalaureate®, Ibo.org, www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/.
Six academic subjects are studied concurrently and students are required to study both the Humanities and the Sciences. Diploma candidates must select one subject from each of the six groups, although a second subject from groups 3 or 5 may be substituted for group 6. Three of these are taken at a higher level (HL), while the others are standard level (SL): HL courses represent a minimum of 240 teaching hours, SL courses cover 150 hours. Students are thus able to explore some subjects in depth and others more broadly, a deliberate compromise between the early specialisation of some national systems and the breadth found in others. The science-oriented student is challenged to learn a foreign language and a natural linguist becomes familiar with laboratory procedures. The subjects groups are as follows:
Group 1 - As part of the Diploma Programme (DP), students take at least one subject from studies in language and literature. English A: Language and Literature
Group 2 - It is a requirement of the programme that students study at least one subject from group 2. The principal aim for the subjects in group 2 is to enable students to use the language in a range of contexts and for many purposes; the courses focus on written and spoken communication. Second language learners with previous experience can study language B. Beginners with no previous experience in a particular language can study that language at the Ablnitio level.
All diploma candidates are examined in a second language.
Group 3 - Individuals and Societies
Students are required to choose one subject from each of the six academic areas,
Studying any one of these subjects provides for the development of a critical appreciation of:
Business Management, Economics, Geography, Globalpolictics, Philosophy, History, Psychology, Information technology in a global society (ITGS), social and cultural anthropology, world religions [SL only]
Students are required to choose one subject from this group
The subjects available in group 4 are: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and Environmental Systems and Societies.
Group 5- Mathematics
Students can only study one course in mathematics.
All DP mathematics courses serve to accommodate the range of needs, interests and abilities of students, and to fulfill the requirements of various university and career aspirations.
Group 6- Arts
This includes Visual Arts, with emphasis placed on practical production by the student and exploration of a range of creative work in a global context.
At DYPIS, we offer the following subjects as part of the IB Diploma Program:-
All the above subjects (except French Ab Initio and French SL) shall be offered at two levels - Higher Level and Standard Level. French Ab Initio shall be offered at Standard Level only.
Students shall be required to take one subject from each of the first 5 groups and select an additional subject either from Group 6 or from Group 3/ Group 4. Three of the subjects need to be taken at a Higher Level and three at a Standard Level. Therefore students need to keep in mind their future career aspirations while selecting the subjects and the levels. The school shall assist the child and the parent in this regard.
Award of the Diploma
Each examined subject is graded on a scale oi 1 (minimum) to 7(maximum). The award of the diploma requires students to meet defined standards and conditions including a minimum total of 24 points and a satisfactory completion of the Extended Essay, Theory 0t Knowledge course (TOK) and CAS (Creativib/, Activity, Service) activities. The maximum score of 45 includes three points for the combination of the Extended Essay and TOK.
IB Diploma holders gain admission to universities throughout the world. These include well-known Indian, European and American institutions such as llT's, University of Mumbai, Oxford, Yale, Harvard and MITto name a few.
College and Career Counseling
The Career Counsellor at DYPIS works with classes and students individually to plan their academic path through the IB Diploma Programme. During the 11th and 12th grades, the Career Counselor will work with all 0t our students in preparing them for the next phase in their lives, which most often includes applications to overseas colleges and universities, under - graduate programs or exploration of career options.
Our IB Diploma students have received offers from some of the leading universities in U.S.A., U.K., Canada, Australia and India.