25 May, 2022

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Diploma is an internationally recognized qualification, respected throughout the US and the world’s top colleges and universities.

Our two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities. Learning more than a collection of facts, your child will be prepared for university and be encouraged to:

  • Ask challenging questions
  • Learn how to learn
  • Develop a strong sense of his or her own identity and culture
  • Develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures

Students in the IB Diploma Program take one course from six academic groups:

  • Group 1 – Language A (English Literature)
  • Group 2 – Second Language
  • Group 3 – Individuals and Societies
  • Group 4 – Experimental Sciences (includes Computer Science)
  • Group 5 – Mathematics
  • Group 6 – The arts or an additional course from groups 1 – 5

Three courses are taken at Higher Level (comprising additional teaching hours), and three courses are taken at Standard Level. There are more than 25 course options available to students, allowing BISC to have one of the most flexible IB programs in the city.

To qualify for the IB Diploma students must also complete the three core requirements; service hours known as CAS (Creativity, Action, Service); complete an extended essay; and take a course in the Theory of Knowledge.

Extended Essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.

Theory of Knowledge is a course designed to encourage critical thinking by examining different ways of knowing (sense perception, emotion, language and reason) and different areas of knowledge, which include mathematics, natural science, human science, history and ethics.

Creativity, Action, Service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom; students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.