HIGH SCHOOL: GRADES 11-12
The DP Curriculum
Through the DP, schools are able to 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 program’s unique theory of knowledge course.
Why Offer the DP?
International research shows that there are many benefits to choosing the DP program.
- DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them, according to one study
- Analysis of DP students in Canada, the UK and the USA found that the DP’s extended essay improves students’ approach to learning in higher education
- 72% of students taking the DP attend one of the world’s top 500 universities, according to a study.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Program (DP) curriculum sets out the requirements for study of the DP.
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.
Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
The three core elements are:
- Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
- The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
- Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts
The six subject groups are:
- Studies in language and literature
- Language acquisition
- Individuals and societies
- The arts
There are different courses within each subject group.
Choosing subjects in the Diploma Program
Students choose courses from the following subject groups: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts. Students may opt to study an additional science, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.
Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.
Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level.
Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.
Assessment and Exams
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) assesses student work as direct evidence of achievement against the stated goals of the Diploma Program (DP) courses.
DP assessment procedures measure the extent to which students have mastered advanced academic skills in fulfilling these goals, for example:
- analyzing and presenting information
- evaluating and constructing arguments
- solving problems creatively.
Basic skills are also assessed, including:
- retaining knowledge
- understanding key concepts
- applying standard methods.
In addition to academic skills, DP assessment encourages an international outlook and intercultural skills, wherever appropriate.
Student results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student’s position in the overall rank order.
External and Internal assessment
The IB uses both external and internal assessment in the DP.
- External assessment
Examinations form the basis of the assessment for most courses. This is because of their high levels of objectivity and reliability.
– structured problems
– short-response questions
– data-response questions
– text-response questions
– case-study questions
– Multiple-choice questions – though these are rarely used
- Internal assessment
Teacher assessment is also used for most courses. This includes:
– oral work in languages
– fieldwork in geography
– laboratory work in the sciences
– investigations in mathematics
– Artistic performances.
Course Offering at FIS
Group 1: Language A
- Language and Literature (English) (HL, SL)
Group 2: Language Acquisition
- Language B (Arabic) (HL, SL)
- French abi intio
- Arabic abi intio (for non-arab speakers) / students whose mother tongue language is very weak
- Self-taught (upon request)
Group 3: Individuals and societies
- Environmental Systems and Societies (HL / SL)
- Business Studies (HL / SL)
- Psychology (HL / SL)
Group 4: Sciences
- Biology (HL, SL)
- Chemistry (HL, SL)
- Physics (HL, SL)
- Computer Science (HL / SL)
Group 5: Mathematics
- Mathematical studies SL
- Math SL
- Math Analysis and Approaches /SL