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Ambassador International Academy is an IB Candidate School for the Diploma Programme (DP). This school is pursing authorisation as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy – a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that AIA believes is important for our students.

Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit

The DP curriculum has been designed as a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that provides academic challenge and develops research skills, thinking skills and life skills in students from the ages of 17-18 years. During the DP years at Ambassador International Academy, we strive to provide opportunities for the student’s intellectual and social development along with providing local and global awareness in each subject area which helps in developing International Mindedness in our students. The curriculum encourages students to make practical connections across the areas of knowledge and to the real world. The DP curriculum helps in developing the 21st century skills and dispositions along with a breadth and depth of knowledge which prepares students for success in university and in life.

The DP is a 2-year programme where the following subject groups are explored by students:

Group 1- Studies in Language and Literature

Group 2- Language Acquisition

Group 3- Individuals and Societies

Group 4- Sciences

Group 5- Mathematics

Group 6- Arts

Students need to select 6 subjects from the six subject groups. Students can either choose 1 from each of the 6 different subject groups or if a student does not wish to pursue a subject from arts the 6th subject group, the student can choose a second Group 4 or Group 3 subject as the 6th Subject.

The Core of the Diploma Programme includes 3 components which makes the curriculum highly balanced and experiential:

Extended Essay (EE): It is a student driven independent research project which the student pursues in a subject of their choice and puts together a 4000-word essay which gets assessed externally. The research and writing skills start building in PYP during the PYP exhibition then gets further developed during the personal project in MYP and it gets further polished during the EE. The EE prepares a student well for higher academic research and education in universities.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK): It is a metacognitive course which is unique to the Diploma Programme and no other curriculum offers the same or something similar at the high school level. Through this core component, students learn how to learn, question what they learn and learn the ways of exploring a subject group. This course is highly interdisciplinary in nature and results in 2 assessments- the TOK exhibition a physical exhibition which is internally assessed and the TOK essay which is commentary written by students in response to a prompt given by IB which is externally assessed.

Creativity Activity Service (CAS): Creativity activity service is that core component which helps in balancing an otherwise academically heavy curriculum. Through CAS students explore their creativity, engage in physical well-being and provide service to community both within school hours and beyond. Additionally, to meet the requirements for CAS all students must engage in at least one CAS project. CAS also has a continuum across PYP (Action)and MYP (Service Action) which culminates into CAS in the DP. Though CAS is not an assessed part of the curriculum, the completion of CAS is mandatory and truly it is the heart of the curriculum.

Like the other IB programmes the center of the DP curriculum is the Learner. The students/learners through the different subject groups and the core deepen their understanding of the different concepts, optimize their approaches to learning, establish interconnectedness between subjects, promotes understanding of self and other cultures, and embody the characteristics of an internationally minded member of our global community

For further information on the Diploma Programme at Ambassador International Academy, please see the Diploma Programme Curriculum Overview at Ambassador International Academy available to download below.