The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an internationally recognized program for 11th and 12th grade (Year 12, 13) students. Originally created for European schools, the IB program has expanded its reach to US schools as well as schools throughout East Asia.
The IB course leads to a qualification called the IB Diploma, which is accepted by most reputable universities in Europe, US, Canada and Asia, and is essential in students entering these institutions. The IB consists of three compulsory, core ‘elements (theory of knowledge [TOK], creativity/action/action, extended essay [EE]). In addition, the IB requires students to take 6 subjects (3 Standard and 3 High Level courses) from a variety of subject areas. IB students complete assessment tasks in school and take written exams at the end of the program (usually in May).
Each of the six subjects taken is marked out of 7 (maximum of 42 points). Candidates can gain up to 3 extra points for their extended essay and the TOK elements of the IB. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, out of a total of 45 points.
|Subject Group||Course Example|
|1. Studies in Language and Literature||Language A: Literature, Language and Literature|
|2. Language Acquisition (2nd Language)||Language B: Korean, Spanish, Mandarin|
|3. Individuals in Society||Business Management, Economics, History, Psychology|
|4. Sciences||Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science|
|Business, Management, Marketing, Accounting||Math II, History, Science|
|5. Mathematics||Mathematics SL, HL|
|6. The Arts||Music, Theatre, Visual Arts|