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The International Baccalaureate Diploma at St. Andrews International School Bangkok

The IB Diploma is studied during the final two years of High School. Over the course of the programme students study six subjects, complete an extended essay, follow a theory of knowledge course, and participate in creativity, action, service (CAS).

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Students at our private school in Bangkok can follow the IB Programme during their final two years of high school. This highly esteemed, internationally recognised university preparatory course leads to the award of an IB Diploma, a valuable qualification that requires a high level of academic and personal achievement.

The IB Diploma Programme

This challenging two-year programme is an internationally respected preparatory course for study at universities and colleges around the world.

Over the course of the two-year IB Diploma Programme, students study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups; complete an extended essay; follow a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course; and participate in Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) activities.

Student attainment within the IB Diploma is ultimately measured by means of coursework submitted to the IB and examinations in Year 13. Students' progress is assessed internally during the course against IB criteria, and parents are informed of progress by email (where appropriate), as well as through reports, parent-teacher meetings and information evenings.

IB Subjects

Students study six subjects in-depth, making their choices from the following subject groups:

  1. Studies in Language and Literature
  2. Language Acquisition
  3. Individuals and Societies
  4. Sciences
  5. Mathematics
  6. The Arts

Core Elements of the IB Diploma

Extended Essay

  • A 4,000-word investigation into a topic of interest.
  • In-depth, independent research is conducted by the student, supported by a teacher with knowledge of their chosen area.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

  • TOK is an interdisciplinary course that explores the nature of knowledge and encourages appreciation of different perspectives.
  • Students explore how we know what we claim to know.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

  • CAS is a compulsory element of the IB curriculum, which requires our students to engage in a range of Creativity, Activity and Service-focused activities during Years 12 and 13.
  • It promotes the importance of life ‘outside the classroom’ by offering a healthy counterbalance to the academic demands of the IB programme.
  • Students are expected to spend the equivalent of at least three hours per week on CAS activities, sharing their time equally between the three components and distributing their activities evenly over the two years of study.
  • A system of self-evaluation encourages students to reflect on the benefits of CAS participation and to evaluate the understanding and insights acquired.
  • Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of both the IB Diploma and St. Andrews Graduation Certificate.