IB Diploma Programme
The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) is an internationally recognized two-year exit curriculum for high school students in Grades 11 and 12 offered at schools in over 100 countries. The program is considered among the most academically rigorous and exceptional in the world and is an optimal match for ISY’s diverse and talented student body.
The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop programs that encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand the differences among people and societies as well as contemporary globalization realities. In their own words:
"The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect."
There is a concurrence between the IB mission and the ISY mission, but further evidence of a strong fit for ISY is the similarity between our mission and the IB Learner Profile (the ten indicators of exceptional learners): Thinker, Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Principled, Risk-Taker, Caring, Communicator, Balanced, Reflective, and Open-Minded. Instruction, discussion, learning and outcomes are all focused on aspects of our Mission and the IB Learner Profile which has been combined with the schoolwide Expected Schoolwide Learner Results (ESLRs).
The IB Diploma asks students to take one course in each of six subject areas: English Literature; World Languages; Social Science; Experimental Science; Mathematics; and The Arts.
For additional general information about the IB program, please visit the IBO web site: www.ibo.org. For detailed information about the IB curriculum, please follow this link.
Program Subject Briefs
Language ab initio SL
Individuals and Societies
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a critical thinking course focused on helping students become more motivated learners in their subject areas through an understanding of how we know the things we know.
The Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) component engages students in learning experiences outside of the academic classroom and supports them in the pursuit of focused learning and service activities that encourage the growth of the whole student.
The Extended Essay (EE) asks students to write a 4,000 word research paper on a subject of their choosing as an intellectual capstone to their experience in the IB Programme.
- Open Minded