What is the IB Diploma Program?
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Program is a challenging two-year curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.
Students learn more than a collection of facts. The Diploma Program prepares students for university and encourages them to:
- ask challenging questions
- learn how to learn
- develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture
- develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.
What is in the curriculum?
Students study six subjects selected from the following content-area groups: English, Foreign Language (Spanish or French), Social Sciences, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics, and Arts/Electives. Students study three to four subjects at the higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours), and the remaining two to three subjects are studied at standard level (courses representing 150 teaching hours).
What are the three core requirements?
Extended essay: The extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.
Theory of knowledge (TOK): The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
Creativity, action, service (CAS): Participation in the school’s CAS program encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work, thus fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena.
All three parts of the core—extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action, service—are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.
Is the IB Diploma recognized by universities?
IB students routinely gain admission to some of the best known universities in the world. Most of these institutions have established recognition policies for the IB diploma.
The IB maintains information about university recognition in a searchable university recognition directory.
How do I apply to the IB Diploma Program at King’s Fork?
Go to the Prospective Students & Families section of this site for more information on how to apply.
<Information on this page is adapted from http://www.ibo.org/.
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