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