For those seeking a place at one of the world’s top universities, our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is one of the finest in China and perfectly prepares students for further education and life beyond.
We’re amongst the best IB schools in Shanghai and our 2020 graduates significantly outperformed the global average with a mean score of 36 points, which saw 1 in 3 of our students go on to attend a top-50 world university.
The IB course shapes students into curious, active, and knowledgeable individuals, with a lifelong passion for learning. Its key subject groups, Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, and The Arts, are complemented with three further IBDP core components: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), and an extended essay.
Read on to find out more about this exciting, rewarding qualification, including more information about the subjects, the aims of the course, and various downloadable resources. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our team.
The IB Mission Statement
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 organisation 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.
The Diploma Programme Model
The academic programme requires students to study six subjects, one from each of the six groups, as well as the requirements of the three ‘core’ components. The wide range of subjects we offer at NAIS Pudong allows our students to devise a portfolio that is well suited to their interests and abilities, and supports their career aspirations.
As the diagram highlights, students select academic subjects - three at Higher Level, three at Standard Level - from six groups:
Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
Group 2: Language Acquisition
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Group 4: Sciences
Group 5: Mathematics
Group 6: The Arts or an Elective from Group 3 or Group 4
The academic IB subjects are supported by the IBDP core components:
- Extended Essay (EE) – a 4000 word essay on a subject of interest to the student.
- Theory of Knowledge (TOK) – this invites students to question the basis and limits of knowledge from their own perspective.
- CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) – students participate in various purposeful and personally challenging activities related to these three areas.
The IB Diploma Programme offers a broad range of academic subjects for students to study. This allows your child to personalise their learning, to reflect their own individual passions and interests. This provides excellent preparation for the rigours of university and adult life, and is widely recognised by many as the leading post-16 qualification currently available.
Why choose the International Baccalaureate® Diploma for your child?
A proven pathway to success
Universities worldwide hold the IB Diploma in high esteem, with IB students continually being accepted at some of the highest ranking colleges and universities. As this is an international qualification, it is particularly useful for students who plan to study or work abroad.
Promoting independent learning
The IB Diploma Programme encourages students to become internationally-minded and to drive their own self-directed learning. There is a focus on social and emotional development, creating global citizens with universal values.
Encouraging global awareness
Through various elements of the IBDP, such as mastering a foreign language or learning about other cultures and political systems, students naturally become culturally aware, developing their understanding of the world around them.
Our Curriculum Guide