Diploma Programme

Overview of the DP

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an assessed programme for students aged 16 to 19. It is respected by leading universities across the globe.

Through the DP, we develop students who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • study at least two languages
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique Theory of Knowledge Program

The DP organizes teaching and learning through six subject groups, underpinned by the DP core.

Students choose a course from within each subject group. For most courses, students take written examinations at the end of the DP. In many programme areas, students complete externally assessed coursework.

Core Subjects

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) - This is a critical thinking course that examines cultural perspectives and ways of knowing.  Students are assessed by completing a presentation and an essay.

Extended Essay (EE) - This is a 4,000-word essay that provides the opportunity to research and investigate a topic of personal interest.  It is sent to the IB in Grade 12 for grading.

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) - This takes learning outside the classroom.  Students initiate artistic pursuits, sports and community service.  Their reflections and records are sent to the IB.

 

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Graduation Requirements and Diploma Options 

All students are ISL High School Diploma candidates, and subject to the following graduation requirements:

To obtain an ISL Diploma, a student must:

  • Successfully complete all courses that meet ISL’s credit requirements from Grades 9 to 12 (see below). In order to receive credit for a course, a student must earn a 3 or higher at the end of the marking period. If a student fails a class, they must make up the credit.

  • Complete and pass an Extended Essay/ Senior Project. If a student is not doing the Extended Essay, he/she will work in conjunction with his/her advisor and the DP Coordinator to determine a suitable Grade 12 project.

  • Fulfill Creativity Action Service (CAS) requirements and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) requirements (essay and presentation) in Grades 11 and 12.

  • Not be absent from school for an excessive amount of time in any given academic year. If a student is absent for more than 20 percent of the total course contact time in any given subject in any given academic year, their eligibility for promotion to the next grade, or graduation, will need to be reviewed by the High School Principal and the Director.

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded an ISL diploma, a student has to attend ISL for at least one academic year and be registered in all subject groups of the program. The ISL Diploma is equivalent to a United States high school diploma and is widely recognized. The minimum requirements for an ISL diploma are:

English

Mathematics

Science

Social Sciences

4 Credits

3 Credits

3 Credits

3 Credits

Foreign Language

Physical Education/Health

Fine Arts / Performing

Electives

2 Credits

2 Credits

2 Credits

3 Credits


Diploma Options at ISL

Option 1: ISL Diploma

A student may choose to pursue an ISL Diploma, completing ISL classes without registering for IB Course Exams. The ISL Diploma is well-recognized by many universities around the world. This would be most suited for a student with needs for more customized course options, (e.g. an online course that ISL does not offer, a course taught by a private tutor liaising with the school, or a modified course within the school).

For the ISL Diploma student, an Extended Essay is not required. Instead, a Grade 12 Project will be determined together with the student’s advisor and DP Coordinator and completed, preferably by December, but no later than May 1st of Grade 12.  If the student chooses, CAS progress and TOK assessments will be sent to the IB. If the student chooses not to send the assessments to the IB, they will be assessed internally by the CAS Coordinator and the TOK teacher in order to meet ISL’s graduation requirements.

Option 2: ISL Diploma + IB Course Exams

In addition to being candidates for the ISL High School Diploma, students in Grade 11 taking IB courses may be considered IB Course candidates in the IB courses that they choose.  This means that they may be registered for one or several Higher Level/Standard Level courses, based on which levels provide an appropriate balance of challenge and success. For example, a student may choose to do all their subjects at Standard Level. They will complete IB exams and IB assessments, and receive certificates and grades from the IB for each course completed.  They do not need to be full IB Diploma candidates in order to receive these certificates.

In order for a student to continue in a course at Higher Level past the first semester, a student must earn at least a 4 in the subject for their Semester One grade. If a student receives a 3 or less in Semester One, the student must continue the subject at Standard Level.

This option is designed for the student that will be applying to university based on their ISL High School Diploma, but who desires certification and recognition that they have taken and completed a selection of IB courses and met the external requirements of the IBO.

Just as for the ISL Diploma  student, an Extended Essay is not required. Instead, a Grade 12 Project will be determined together with the student’s advisor and DP Coordinator and completed, preferably by December, but no later than May 1st of Grade 12.  If the student chooses, CAS progress and TOK assessments will be sent to the IB. If the student chooses not to send the assessments to the IB, they will be assessed internally by the CAS Coordinator and the TOK teacher in order to meet ISL’s graduation requirements.

IB Option 3: ISL Diploma + Full IB Diploma

If a student wishes to pursue the full IB Diploma, they will need to be registered for at least 3 Higher Level subjects out of their 6 subject choices.  They will also need to meet IB requirements for the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and CAS. Qualified ISL students who would like to pursue the full IB Diploma are officially registered as full IB diploma candidates with the IBO in Semester One of their 12th grade year.  

Requirements to Become a Registered Diploma Candidate  

1. Students must have completed  ⅔ of their CAS requirements by October 1st of their 12th grade year.  All CAS progress and reflections must be correctly documented on ManageBac and approved by the CAS Coordinator.

2. Students must maintain semester grades of 4 or above in all of their  HL courses and semester grades of 3 and above in their SL courses at the conclusion of their 11th grade year.

3. Students must meet all deadlines and requirements relating to the TOK course and the Extended Essay.

4. Students must not have any significant violations of the ISL Academic Honesty Agreement.

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