PKUES and the IBDP Program
THE HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC PROGRAM: Please refer to the Divisional HS Handbook
The International Baccalaureate – Please refer to the school’s website under HS – DP Program
The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The International Baccalaureate Organization‘s Diploma Program, created in 1968, is a demanding pre- university course of study that leads to examinations. It is designed for highly motivated secondary school students aged 16 to 19. The program has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities. The Diploma Program‘s grading system is criterion-referenced: each student‘s performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement consistent from one examination session to the next. The IBO has shown, over the course of 30 years that students are well prepared for university work.
The program is a comprehensive two-year international curriculum, available in English, French and Spanish, that generally allows students to fulfill the requirements of their national or state education systems. The Diploma Program incorporates the best elements of national systems, without being based on any one. Internationally mobile students are able to transfer from one IB school to another. Students who remain closer to home benefit from a highly respected international curriculum.
The program was born of efforts to establish a common curriculum and university entry credential for students moving from one country to another. International educators were motivated by practical considerations but also by an idealistic vision: students should share an academic experience that would emphasize critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to a variety of points of view.
The curriculum contains six subject groups together with a core made up of three separate parts. This is illustrated by a hexagon with the three parts of the core at its center.
Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups. Normally three subjects are studied at higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours), and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (courses representing 150 teaching hours).
All three parts of the core—extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action, service—are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Program.
This information about the IB Program has been obtained from the International Baccalaureate
Organization (IBO) website at www.ibo.org
PKUES is an IBO World School - 052067