The IBDP Programme

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GRADES 11 AND 12

The culminating achievement of students graduating from Ambassador International Academy, the IB Diploma Programme (DP) represents more than a proven pathway to some of the finest universities and careers; it’s the pathway to students becoming lifelong learners and caring, well-rounded human beings making a difference in the world.

Building on the attitudes, concepts, knowledge, skills and action developed in the Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes and supported with the experience of either the final two years of MYP or of IGCSE, the Diploma Program will provide students in Grades 11 and 12 with a depth and breadth of courses that enable them to hit the ground running when they reach university.

Through the DP, the school develops students who:

  • Have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge;
  • Flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically;
  • Study at least two languages;
  • Study at least two languages;
  • Explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course.

six academic subjects

In the DP, students take six subjects from the groups outlined below, three at standard level and three at higher level: arts, language and literature, computer science, language acquisition, mathematics, design, experimental sciences, individuals and societies.
These six academic subjects are centred around three core principles.

Theory of Knowledge

Through this mandatory course, students hone their critical thinking skills further and develop as learners and human beings. The course encourages students to reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we claim to know what we know.

Extended Essay

The extended essay is a 4000 word, university level essay, for which students select and investigate a topic of special interest to them (that is related to one of their six DP subjects). In this year-long project, students learn to self-manage their work as well as research, analyse and synthesise knowledge at an advanced level.

(CAS) Creativity, Action and Service

Students have a curricular requirement to give back regularly to the community throughout the two year IB Diploma Programme and do so representing being creative, being active and performing a service.

Theory of Knowledge

No prior language experience is needed before students join the IBDP. Language options exist for students of all levels, from beginner to bilingual students. The IBDP is awarded at the end of the second year based on students’ performance on written external examinations.

The IBDP prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society.

They will:

  • Develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically;
  • Acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from six subject groups;
  • Develop the skills and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare them for higher education;
  • Study at least two languages and increase the understanding of cultures, including their own;
  • Make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course;
  • Undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the extended essay;
  • Enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, action and service.

Do universities recognise the IB diploma?

  • The IB diploma is extremely highly regarded and widely recognised by the world’s leading universities;
  • The IBO works closely with universities in all regions of the world to gain recognition for the IB diploma. To aid this process, university admissions officers and government officials have direct online access to all syllabuses and recent examinations;
  • To assist IB diploma students in making appropriate choices, the organisation holds a database containing contact details of universities around the world together with up-to-date information about their requirements for admission;
  • Students applying to a particular university may also grant permission for their grades to be accessed directly from the IBO’s secure web site.
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