International Baccalaureate

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The Diploma Program offers:

  • a broad and balanced curriculum with the opportunity to study three subjects in depth

  • a program that is widely recognized as one of the most rigorous preparations for university and higher education

  • the ability to pursue an in-depth independent study and complete a college-level research paper

  • a focus on inquiry, critical thinking, and conceptual understanding

  • the development of strong communication skills through the study of two languages

  • the development of the whole child through the core component of Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

Why study the International Baccalaureate Program?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) is a rigorous two-year program of study taken in the final two years of High School. It offers a broad and balanced curriculum that is recognized as excellent preparation for higher education and life beyond school.

The curriculum emphasizes inquiry, conceptual understanding, and international-mindedness and incorporates the study of six academic disciplines, three at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). These must include two languages, mathematics, science, and individuals and societies. The sixth choice can be from the arts or a second subject from IB groups 2, 3 or 4. 

In addition, the core components Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) help develop the student as a holistic learner.  The key learning attributes and attitudes include: strong communication, self-management, and research skills, critical and creative thinking, open-mindedness, and intercultural understanding. 



The DP Program Model

Courses are externally assessed and moderated by IB examiners, and in most subjects include final examinations in May of the second year. Subjects graded on a scale of 1 to 7 for a posible 42 points, with an additional 3 points available though the core components of Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and the Extended Essay (EE) creating a maximum possible total of 45 points.


The IBDP is offered at AISB alongside the US High School Diploma, and students taking the full IB Diploma also graduate with an AISB High School Diploma. Students not pursuing the full IB Diploma may take one or more IB exams, and earn individual course certificates.

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