THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme, has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.

The IB Diploma Programme is comprised of the Diploma Programme Core and the IB Curriculum.

THE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME CORE

  • The extended essay asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. The world studies extended essay option allows students tofocus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.
  • Theory of knowledge develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
  • Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students' personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.

THE CURRICULUM

Is a selection of five subjects and one elective. A student must choose one subject from each of five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics. For their elective, a student may choose a subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5.

The following subject selections are offered at the International School of Nice:

  • Group 1: Study in Language and Literature: including the study of selections from World Literature: English or French*
  • Group 2: Language Aquisition : Second modern language: English or French*
  • Group 3: Individuals and Societies : Economics, Geography, History
  • Group 4: Experimental Sciences : Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Group 5: Mathematics : Math Studies SL, Mathematics SL and HL
  • Group 6: Electives : Theatre, Visual Arts, a third language*, a second science, or a second selection from Group 3 (Individuals and Societies).


*Other languages can be made available on request if faculty is available but will incur an extra cost.

In addition, ISN offers the possibility of taking other IB courses online through Pamoja Education.


All IB candidates are required to offer one subject from each of the groups. At least three and not more than four of the six subjects are taken at Higher Level, the others at Standard Level. Each examined subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The award of the Diploma requires a minimum total of 24 points and the satisfactory completion of three additional requirements: The Extended Essay of 4000 words which provides the experience of the independent research paper; a course entitled Theory of Knowledge which explores the relationships among the various disciplines and ensures that students engage in critical reflection and analysis of knowledge acquired within and beyond the classroom; and the compulsory participation in CAS-Creativity, Action, and Service to the Community. Bonus points (up to three) may be awarded for the exceptional Essay or performance in Theory of Knowledge.

Only schools officially approved by the International Baccalaureate Organization are authorized to offer the curriculum and to present candidates for examination. Of the 888 current member schools in more than 124 countries throughout the world, some 500 are located in the Europe/Africa/Middle East region. Experience has shown that IB Diploma holders gain admission to selective universities throughout the world.

The International Baccalaureate Organization is based in Geneva, Switzerland, with Regional Offices in Geneva, New York, Buenos Aires, and Singapore. The Curriculum and Assessment centre, located in Cardiff, Wales, in the United Kingdom, oversees two examination sessions per year. The May session serves the large majority of candidates; schools in the Southern Hemisphere subscribe to the smaller November session. Some 2000 individual examiners worldwide participate in the assessment of student work.

A final, official transcript will be sent by the IBO Headquarters in Geneva following grade awarding. The document will indicate the level of subjects, the grade awarded in each, the total point score and the completion of the additional Diploma requirements. Results are available in early July for May candidates.

IB Examination Results

For futher information :

www.ibo.org

Or contact the ISN IB Coordinator, Mrs. Kalder : nalinka.kalder@isn-nice.com

International School of Nice

15 Avenue Claude Debussy
06200 Nice, France
Tel +33 4 93 21 04 00
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