Introduction to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)
The IB Diploma Program is widely recognized as a gold-standard of high school education around the world and designed as a challenging two-year program of international education with high academic standards. The IBDP is comprehensive and challenging, leading to final examinations before university. Windermere Preparatory School is proud to offer to the IB program to our students and deliver a variety of rigorous IB classes that give all our students an advantage.
- The two-year curriculum is rigorous and intellectually coherent, encouraging critical thinking through a wide range of subjects in traditional academic disciplines and encouraging an international perspective.
- The two-year course of study leads to final examinations in six subject areas and a qualification widely recognized by the world's leading colleges and universities.
- Aside from completing college-level courses and examinations, IBDP students are also required to engage in community service, individual research, and an inquiry into the nature of knowledge.
- Since 1968, more than half a million students across 136 countries have participated in the program.
Why Is the IB So Important?
Top Colleges expect candidates to prove not only their performance, but also the strength of the program they performed in. To prove the strength of a program, you need look no further than the coveted IBDP.
Put simply, Windermere Preparatory School is a College Preparatory school, and in our determination, the best way to prepare students for college with the highest placement and maximum credit is through the IBDP. That’s why we’re proud to be an IB school in Florida.
What IB Students Study
The curriculum is modeled by a hexagon with six academic areas surrounding three core requirements.
Over the course of the two-year program, students
- study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups.
- complete an extended essay.
- follow a “theory of knowledge” (TOK) course.
- participate in creativity, activity, and service (known as “CAS”).
- three of the six subjects are studied at higher level (i.e., courses representing 240 teaching hours).
- the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (i.e., courses representing 150 teaching hours).
Subjects, other than languages, are taught and examined in English.
IB Diploma and Certificate Requirements
The Diploma Program is a two-year, full-time program. Students must choose one subject from each of Languages A and B, Social Sciences, Experimental Sciences, and Mathematics to ensure a breadth of experience. The sixth subject may be an Arts subject, or the student may choose another from the original choices. At least three and not more than four are taken at higher level (HL), and the others at standard level (SL).
In each examination, the student is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The award of the diploma requires students to meet defined standards and conditions. These include a minimum total of 24 points and the satisfactory completion of three compulsory core components: theory of knowledge (TOK); the extended essay; and creativity, activity, and service (CAS).
We have a myriad of programs that can be personalized and customized for every student. For every pathway, students will achieve an eternally validated IB certification.