IB Core Requirements
In addition to the six IB subject groups, the IB Diploma Program is comprised of three required components that aim to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
The Extended Essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research that culminates in a 4,000-word paper. Students engage in research through an in-depth study of a question that relates to one of the subjects they’re studying and then produce an Extended Essay with support and guidance from faculty.
Theory of Knowledge
In Theory of Knowledge (TOK), students reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know. It’s designed to encourage critical thinking by examining different ways of knowing (sense perception, emotion, language and reason) and different areas of knowledge, including mathematics, natural science, human science, history and ethics.
TOK is assessed through an oral presentation that looks at the student’s ability to apply TOK thinking to a real-life situation. Students must also write a 1,600-word essay, which takes a more conceptual starting point. Students choose one essay title from six issued by IB.
Creativity, Action, Service
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requires students to actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students complete a project related to the concepts of creativity, action and service, combining two of the components, and complete activities related to each one of them separately. For example, to complete a “creativity” activity, a talented musician may learn a particularly difficult piece or a different style of playing.