The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an assessed program for students in grades 11-12. The DP has been designed to develop the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-being of students.
Students can make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the program’s unique theory of knowledge course make connections across traditional academic disciplines and the universe. Moreover, DP graduates grow into open-minded and tolerant individuals, who appreciate cultural diversity and respect a range of points of view.
IB graduates are distinguished by practice-oriented attributes developed throughout the learning process reflected in the IB learner profile. IB learners strive to be: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective.
Diploma Programme has a special status at 1931 universities worldwide. DP students apply to more than 3,300 higher education institutions each year, in close to 90 countries. Newton Free School’s 2023 DP cohort of 20 students received a $2,700,000 scholarship and 80 letters of acceptance from the leading universities in the United States of America, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, and Hungary.
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. The DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills. The flexibility of the DP enables students to pursue subjects of strength, while not dropping those they enjoy. The program leaves students in a strong position to enter university or a career of choice – and achieve more when they get there.
DP Core Subjects
The three elements of the DP core, Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) are part of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) core, and mandatory for all students.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
TOK asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. The theory of knowledge encourages critical thinking about knowledge itself and aims to help students make sense of their experiences. The course encourages students to share ideas with others and to listen and learn from what others think.
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development by learning through experience. It provides opportunities for self-determination and collaboration with others, fostering a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from their work. CAS projects challenge students to show initiative, demonstrate perseverance, and develop skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, and decision-making.
Extended Essay (EE)
EE is an independent piece of research, culminating with a 4,000-word paper. EE offers an opportunity for students to investigate a topic of personal interest to them, which relates to one of the student’s six DP subjects. Through the research process for the extended essay, students develop skills in formulating an appropriate research question, engaging in a personal exploration of the topic, communicating ideas, and developing an argument.
DP curriculum consists of 6 subject groups, each containing different courses, including: Studies in language and literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and societies, Sciences, Mathematics, and Arts.