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International Baccalaureate (IB)

One of the things that sets the Nord Anglia international School Rotterdam apart, is our commitment to thinking beyond traditional education in order to transform learning.

If your child doesn’t already have the mindset of a global citizen, we develop that during their time in our school. Our choice of curriculum is crucial to achieving that.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at NAISR

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year curriculum, leading to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world's leading universities. 

The founders of the IB Diploma designed a programme aimed at the growing number of internationally mobile students.

These students needed a diploma that would allow them entry to universities both in their "home" country or elsewhere in the world if they desired.

Academic rigour and much more

The IB Diploma Programme is a comprehensive curriculum. Students share an academic experience that emphasizes critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to a variety of points of view.

What are the Diploma Requirements?

Students take six courses, one from each of six groups. Three of these must be at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). Diploma Candidates also work on three 'core requirements' which are the heart of the IB Programme:

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

TOK is an interdisciplinary course encouraging students to critically reflect on the knowledge and experience they gain inside and outside the classroom. It challenges them to question the basis of knowledge and to be aware of biases. Students develop a personal mode of thought based on analysis of evidence expressed in rational argument. 

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

The  Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) Programme requirement takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship. Participation in activities such as theater, sports, and community service encourage young people to share their enthusiasm and special talents. We meet the goal of educating the whole person while fostering a more compassionate citizenry. 

Extended Essay

Diploma candidates undertake original research and write an extended essay of around 4,000 words. They investigate a topic of special interest and develop the levels of skill in independent research and writing expected at university. 

NAISR considers each element so valuable that we treat them as a graduation requirement.

Students may take either the full Diploma Programme, or attempt to earn IB Certificates in their strongest subjects. Virtually all of our 11th and 12th grade students take at least one IB class and a majority attempt the full Diploma.

Is the IB right for my child?

The IB programme is designed for highly motivated 11th and 12th grade students who wish to challenge themselves to a greater degree and become more involved with the community. 

If your child considers the IB Programme either as a Diploma or Certificate candidate we recommend the following steps:

  • Please read the NAISR IB Handbook 
  • Seek advice from teachers, the counselor and the IB Coordinator 
  • Carefully assess a student’s educational needs, abilities, interest and your level of commitment

We encourage motivated students who are willing to accept greater challenges to take the full IB Diploma.

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