Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
is an interdisciplinary requirement intended to stimulate critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. The course challenges students to question the bases of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases, to develop the ability to analyze evidence that is expressed in rational argument. It is a key element in encouraging them to appreciate other cultural perspectives. The course is unique to the IBO, which recommends at least 100 hours of teaching time spanning the program’s two years.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
The IBO’s goal is to educate the whole person and foster responsible, compassionate citizens. The CAS program encourages students to share their energy and special talents with others. Students should, through their extra-curricular activities, develop greater awareness of themselves, concern for others, and the ability to work cooperatively with other people.
An extended essay of 4,000 words
Each student has the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest. The essay requirement acquaints diploma candidates with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected by universities.
Group 2 – Language Acquisition
IB diploma candidates are examined in a second language. The principal aim for the subjects in group 2 is to enable students to use the second language in a range of contexts and for many purposes; the courses focus on written and spoken communication.
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies
The subjects available are Economics, and History. Studying these subjects encourages the development of a critical appreciation of human experience and behavior, the varieties of physical, economic, and social environments that people inhabit, and the history of social and cultural institutions.
Group 4 – Experimental Sciences
The subjects available in group 4 are: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies, and Computer Science. Practical laboratory skills are developed and collaborative learning is encouraged through an interdisciplinary group project. Students develop an awareness of moral and ethical issues and a sense of social responsibility.
Group 5 – Mathematics and Computer Science
Students complete a mathematics course, and three options are available to cater to the different abilities and levels of student interest. Each course aims to deepen a student’s understanding of mathematics as a discipline and to promote confidence and facility in the use of mathematical language.
Group 6 – The Arts
The final group is the Visual Arts with emphasis placed on practical production by the student and exploration of a range of creative work in a global context. Students may also elect certain subjects from other groups such as computer science and environmental systems to meet Group 6 requirements.