The IB Diploma is the gold standard qualification in providing access to higher education as it is recognised by universities globally and offers a broad, balanced programme of study across six subjects; three at higher level, three at standard level, which must include a language and a science.
Research suggests that there are many benefits to choosing the Diploma Programme (DP). The programme aims to develop students to have a strong breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them.
IB students follow the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme, prepare an Extended Essay and take the Theory of Knowledge course.
In order to support students and parents as they make the decision about the Diploma, we have devised a series of “Pathways” talks. These begin with a single session in MYP 3 and then there are several sessions in MYP 4 as the final decision gets closer. We also run an Options Fair, for both parents and students. We aim to ensure families feel well-informed of the intricacies of both pathways before students make their final decisions.
A number of opportunities exist for students to develop specialised knowledge and skills in topics that interest them the most. While these opportunities are certainly the best preparation for university education, IB Diploma students also develop the ability to take on new ideas from across the disciplines throughout their lives.