The IB Diploma Programme is a demanding academic programme, widely recognized to be the most challenging course of study currently available to students between 16 and 18 years of age and highly valued by universities throughout the world.
Scored out of 45 points, the IB Diploma programme requires students to take six subjects:
- A literature-based course
- A world language course
- A social science
- An experimental science
- A mathematics course
- An elective: these may include visual arts, theatre arts, geography, history business management, economics, psychology, a second experimental science, a second language, and more
Three of the six subjects are normally studied at a higher level (in courses representing 240 teaching hours). The remaining three are studied at standard level (representing 150 teaching hours).
In addition, students must also complete three additional requirements:
- The Extended Essay: A 4,000-word independent, primary research paper on a topic related to one of the six subjects being studied
- Theory of Knowledge: A critical thinking course combining philosophy and reasoning
- Creativity, Action and Service: Alongside their academic studies students complete a range of extracurricular activities within 18 months based around Creativity, Action, and Service
The British International School of Houston teaches the IB as a core programme at Post-16 level, and teachers and staff have inspired students to exceptional success. For five consecutive years, BISH students have achieved an average of 35 points in the IB Diploma programme with record results of 37 points for the past two years, 7 points higher than the global average of 29.8 points. Some students have achieved scores of 44, putting them among the top 1% in the world. BISH graduates excelling on the course have been accepted into renowned institutions such as West Point, Cornell, Imperial College London, and the University of Durham.