This page is for parents, and the students seeking admission into the Diploma Program at Bangalore International School. Please go over the information about the Diploma Program courses offered at our school. Should you have any queries, please get in touch with the IB Coordinator Deepak Babu.

About the IB - Diploma Program

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepare 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 Diploma Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society so they:

  • Develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • Acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding by studying courses from six subject groups
  • Develop skills and a positive attitude towards learning that will prepare them for higher education
  • Study at least two languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own
  • Make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique Theory of Knowledge course
  • Undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the Extended Essay
  • Enhance their personal and interpersonal development through Creativity, Activity and Service

[From: The IB Diploma Program – Education for a Better World]

For further general information log on to www.ibo.org or feel free to contact the I.B. Coordinator.

BY THE END OF THE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME, WE HOPE THAT OUR STUDENTS WILL HAVE DEVELOPED THE QUALITIES OUTLINED IN THE IB LEARNER PROFILE

IB DIVIDES ITS SUBJECTS INTO 6 DIFFERENT GROUPS:

Group Category Subjects our school offers
Group 1 Language A English A Language and Literature
Group 2 Language B Language Acquisition Spanish/French and German ab initio
Spanish/French and German B SL 
Hindi B HL/SL
Group 3 Individuals and Societies Business & Management HL/SL
Economics HL/SL
History HL/SL
Psychology HL/SL
ITGS HL/SL
ESS SL
Group 4 Sciences Physics, Chemistry, & Biology HL/SL ESS SL
Group 5 Mathematics Mathematics HL/SL
Math Studies SL
Group 6 The Arts Visual Arts HL/SL

The Diploma Programme Core

The extended essay enables 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 to focus 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 enquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for 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.

[From: The IB Diploma Program – Education for a Better World]

SKILLS DEVELOPED IN IB DP:

Approaches to teaching and learning are deliberate strategies, skills and attitudes that permeate the teaching and learning environment in the IB DP classes. These approaches and tools, intrinsically linked with the IB learner profile attributes, enhance student learning and assist student preparation for DP assessment and beyond.

  • Thinking Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Self-Management Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Social Skills

TEACHING IN THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM IS:

  • Based on Inquiry
  • Focused on Conceptual Understanding
  • Developed in Local and Global Contexts
  • Focused on Effective Team Work and Collaboration
  • Informed by Assessment (Formative & Summative)

Assessment

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

The marks awarded for each course ranges from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on theory of knowledge and the extended essay. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and satisfactory participation in creativity, action and service requirements. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.

Assessment is criterion-related, which means student performance is measured against pre-specified assessment criteria based on the aims and objectives of each subject curriculum, rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations. The range of scores that students have attained remains statistically stable, and universities value the rigour and consistency of Diploma Programme assessment practice.

[From: The IB Diploma Program – Education for a Better World]

At BIS we have both Continuous Assessments and Term End Examinations. Student grades are calculated on an average of the CA and TEA.


Mitali Biswas

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Please consult www.ibo.org or feel free to contact the I.B. Coordinator: Mr Deepak Babu


Deepak Babu

IB Coordinator


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