IB Diploma and High School Diploma

BIS offers two programmes of study for students aged between 16 and 19, either the International Baccalaureate Diploma or the BIS High School Diploma. Based on no particular individual national system, they represent the desire to provide students of different linguistic, cultural and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social and critical perspectives necessary for the adult world. Having two programmes, which inherently within them offer a variety of study options, allows the school to cater for all the various needs of our student body.

The IB Diploma, with its three subjects at Higher Level and three at Standard Level, requires students to study a broad range of subjects including Languages, Sciences, Mathematics and Individuals and Societies in Grades 11 and 12. The BIS High School Diploma requires the study of some IB Diploma subjects in a Certificates Programme and some internally assessed and accredited courses. Both are a deliberate compromise between the preference for specialisation in some countries and the emphasis on breadth often preferred in others. The intention is that students should learn how to research and analyse, as well as how to synthesise and apply information to reach considered conclusions about man, our languages, our literature, our ways in society, and the scientific forces of our global environment.

Three further requirements contribute to the unique nature of both Diplomas: the compulsory participation in CAS (Creativity, Action and Service); the Extended Essay which demands independent work under appropriate guidance and gives students a first experience of personal research; and a course on the Theory of Knowledge, which explores the relationship between the disciplines and ensures that students engage in critical reflection on the knowledge and experience acquired, both within, and beyond the classroom.

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