The IBDP is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education, with final examinations, which has proven to prepare students aged 16 to 19 for success at a university and in life beyond. This unique program is internationally recognized as representing one of the highest standards in university preparatory education. More than 1,000 colleges and universities in North America have recognition policies on how they weigh it in admissions, advanced standing, college credit and scholarships.
The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
IBDP students must:
- Choose one course from each of five subject groups delivering a breadth of knowledge and understanding in language and literature, individuals and societies, the sciences and mathematics. DP courses can be taken at higher level (HL) or standard level (SL).
- Choose either an arts course from the arts group, or a second course from one of the other subject groups.
- Earn a minimum score of 24 points (out of 45) to earn the Diploma.
In addition, the DP core is comprised of theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay (EE).
- The EE requires students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects being studied.
- TOK develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
- CAS complements a challenging academic programme in a holistic way, providing opportunities for self-determination, collaboration, accomplishment and enjoyment. It involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the DP.
Montessori at Sharon Springs is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe 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 (DP), 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 http://www.ibo.org.