The IB Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma Programme is an internationally recognised school-leaving qualification - and a university entrance qualification. All students entering the IB Diploma Programme at CIS study the subject courses offered by the International Baccalaureate over a two-year period in Grades 11 and 12. At the end of Grade 12, they sit examinations which are externally provided. These, and all the other components in each subject are marked by a worldwide network of examiners. The six subject groups are indicated in the circle below. To complete the IB Diploma, students must chose one subject from Groups 1 to 5, and then a sixth subject chosen either from Group 6, or from Groups 1 to 4. In addition, students must also complete a course in Theory of Knowledge, undertake a programme of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) and write an Extended Essay (4,000 words) in a subject of their choice.
Most students at CIS take the full IB Diploma, studying six subjects along with the three compulsory core areas of Theory of Knowledge, the 4000-word Extended Essay and CAS - Creativity, Activity and Service. For some, however, the option of taking fewer subjects as individual Diploma Programme Courses is readily available. Since many of our graduates go on to further study in the US or Canada, we also take seriously the need for a High School Diploma: successful completion of the two year IB Diploma Programme therefore leads automatically to the award of a High School Diploma.
On offer in the IB Diploma Programme at CIS are the following subjects:
* Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
English Language and Literature,
School-Supported Self-Taught Literature;
* Group 2: Language Acquisition
Danish B, French B, German B, Spanish B, German ab initio;
* Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Economics, Geography, History, Social & Cultural Anthropology,
* Group 4: Experimental Sciences
Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics
* Group 5: Mathematics
Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL, Mathematical Studies SL
* Group 6: The Arts
Music, Theatre, Visual Arts
Apart from Self-Taught Literature, German ab initio and the two SL Maths options, all subjects at CIS can be studied at either Higher or Standard Level. For the full Diploma, students must take three subjects at Higher and three at Standard Level. Higher Level may mean additional information, more exams or greater depth of analysis.
Admission to the Diploma Programme is dependent on a student's previous educational experience. Placement tests in English, Maths and in some cases, a foreign language, together with reports from previous schools are requested of all external applicants: these provide the information essential for correct placing of incoming students. Successful completion of the Middle Years Programme is required of internal applicants.
Wise subject selection is vital for DP students, as it may affect university possibilities, so the choice should involve discussion with parents and teachers, weighing of student interest as well as strengths, and consultation with the IB DP Coordinator and a counsellor. The process of subject choice at CIS begins in February of the year preceding entry to the Diploma Programme.
Students need to earn the following credits to obtain a High School Diploma:
Social Studies 3
Lab Sciences 3
Foreign Languages 3
Physical Education 2
(Electives may be from other subjects, or continued study in the above areas.) The fourth credit in English must be completed during Grade 12. While generally a graduating student must be a full-time student at the school, each case will be looked at on an individual basis, particularly where a non-IBDP students join CIS in Grade 12.
Please contact us for further information and inquiries.
Updated October 2015
Advisor Programme for Diploma Students
All DP students are members of an advisor group that meets once a week with its advisor.
The topics covered in advisor groups are extremely wide-ranging and designed to improve study skills and examination techniques. For example, we help to improve students' time management. We develop students' reading skills, aiming to improve their efficiency and focus when approaching a number of complex tests. We work on examination techniques as well. Our aim is to ensure that students are both successful in the Diploma Programme and prepared for the skills they will need to succeed at university.
In addition, the Advisor Programme offers students the opportunity critically to examine topical issues that affect their lives. For example, we discuss use of the internet and issues around social networking sites.
Through the Advisor Programme, students are also kept fully informed about school procedures and extra-curricular opportunities. The specific topics for discussion will be advertised in the weekly announcements.