INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at CIS
Students who successfully complete the Pre-Diploma Programme at Carlsbad International School will move on to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP).
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International Baccalaureate Programme Outline
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) classes provide young men and women, 16 to 19 years old, with a well-rounded and challenging set of courses in preparation for university and beyond.
Carlsbad International School is an IB World School accredited to provide the Diploma Programme where students can earn an IB Diploma or subject certificates.
All students in the last two years of School follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
CIS and the IB Diploma share the same goal of “preparing students for success in higher education and life in a global society”.
A Well-Rounded Curriculum and Balanced Education
All students choose six subjects, one from each of the following groups. Three are studied at Higher Level (HL), meaning in more depth, and three are studied at Standard Level (SL). The IBDP is well-respected and widely recognized by universities and employers throughout the world and is considered an excellent preparation for university level study.
All students choose six subjects, one from each of the following groups. Three are studied at Higher Level (HL), meaning in more depth, and three are studied at Standard Level (SL).
Group 1 Languages and Literature
Group 2 Language Acquisition
Group 3 Individuals and Societies
Group 4 Sciences
Group 5 Mathematics
Group 6: The Arts
In addition all students complete the Core Programme: Creativity, Action and Service, the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
Group 1 – Language & Literature
- English Language and Literature HL/SL
- Russian Literature HL/SL
- Language A, self-taught and school supported, in own language (if approved)
Group 2 – Language Acquisition
- English B HL
- Spanish HL/SL/ab initio*
- German HL/SL/ab initio*
*Ab Initio: no prior knowledge or study required.
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies, Economics, Psychology
- Economics HL
- Psychology HL/SL
- Global Politics HL/SL
- Environmental Systems and Societies SL
Group 4 – Sciences, Environmental Systems and Societies, Chemistry
- Chemistry HL/SL
- Physics HL/SL
- Biology HL/SL
- Environmental Systems SL
Group 5 – Mathematics
- Math HL/SL
- Math Studies SL
Group 6 – Visual Arts
- Visual Arts HL/SL
More subjects may be added based on student demand.
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