Domuschola International School - IB Diploma Programme

IB Diploma Programme

Grades 11 and 12
IB Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma Programme: An Overview for Grades 11 and 12

The Diploma Programme constitutes the academic framework and curriculum for Grades 11 and 12 at Domuschola School.

The Diploma Programme provides a challenging, internationally focused, broad and balanced educational experience for students ages 16-19. Students are required to study six subjects and a curriculum core concurrently over two years. The programme is designed to equip students with the basic academic skills needed for university study, further education, and their chosen profession as well as developing the values and life skills needed to live a fulfilled and purposeful life.

The driving force behind the Diploma Programme is a philosophy about the nature of education, which is expressed in the IB’s mission statement, in the IB Learner Profile, and in the fundamental principles on which the curriculum is based and which continue to inspire its development.


Some key elements of the IB Diploma Programme model are:   

• The IB learner is at the heart of the program, whose development is the goal of teaching and learning and all other components of the program.      

• Approaches to teaching and approaches to learning enable students to ‘learn how to learn’.  These bridge the transdisciplinary skills in the PYP, and the approaches to teaching and learning in grades 6-10.  Students focus on developing five categories of ATL skills: social, communication, thinking, self-management and research skills.   

• The Diploma Programme core provides a connective tissue between the academic subjects and the development of students as IB learners.  While Theory of Knowledge is a course with its own timetable, the Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity, Service are independently pursued by students with faculty supervision.  All three components have their own assessment objectives, which students need to meet in order to meet both the requirements of the programme and of Domuschola for graduation.   

• A broad, balanced range of academic disciplines.  Students take a broad, balanced range of courses from six subject groups: at least two language courses, a course in Individuals and Societies, a Sciences course, a Mathematics course, and an Arts course (or an additional course choice from any subject group except for Mathematics). Across these courses, students elect three at higher level (HL), and three at standard level (SL).   

• International-mindedness is the context in which all elements of the Diploma Programme are engaged.  It is important to note that international-mindedness requires an understanding of and appreciation for, the local, national and regional.