EDUCATION FOR LIFE
The International Baccalaureate, a non-profit educational foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland, offers Diploma Program for students in the final two years of Secondary School.
The educational philosophy of the organization is found in its mission statement. Through comprehensive and balanced curricula, coupled with challenging assessments, the International Baccalaureate organization aims to assist schools in their endeavors to develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate the experience of the classroom to the realities of the world outside. Beyond intellectual rigor and high academic standards, strong emphasis is placed on the ideas of international understanding and responsible citizenship, to the end that IB School students may become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs, conscious of the shared humanity that binds all people together while respecting the variety of cultures and attitudes that make for the richness of life.
Theory of Knowledge(TOK) is a required interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection upon the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom.
Creativity, Action, Service is known by its acronym CAS and is a fundamental part of the diploma curriculum. Diploma candidates are required to undertake original research and write an Extended Essay of some 4000 words. This project offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints students with independent research and writing skills.
AWARD OF THE DIPLOMA
Each examined subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The award of the diploma requires students to meet the defined standards and conditions including a minimum total of 24 points and the satisfactory completion of the extended essay, Theory of Knowledge course (TOK) and CAS (creativity, action, service) activities. The maximum score of 45 includes three points for the combination of the extended essay and work in TOK.
IB diploma holders gain admission to selective Universities throughout the world. These include well-known European and American institutions such as Oxford, Yale and the Sorbonne along with prestigious centers in Latin America and the Asia / Pacific region.