The Diploma Programme (16-19 Yrs.)
At KIS, the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) balances subject breadth and depth in six areas. Students consider the nature of knowledge across disciplines through the unique Theory of Knowledge course. Critical understanding, philosophical reflection and international-mindedness are nurtured, starting with a foundation in each student’s own language and culture. They develop a positive attitude, self-reliance and become well adapted to learning that supports them towards university study. The IB Diploma has a reputation for its rigorous external assessment with published global standards. This is a qualification welcomed by universities worldwide.
The DP is a two year programme in which students choose six subjects from six group areas – Literature, Additional Language, Humanities, Science, Mathematics and the Arts. Three subjects are studied Higher Level and three are studied at Standard Level. Students are assessed through a mixture of internal assessment (coursework) and external assessment (final exams).
In addition, the programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.
The Extended Essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
Theory of knowledge (TOK) is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
Creativity, Action, Service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.
Students taking the IB Diploma choose their courses as follows:
Our graduating classes have consistently been offered places at top universities around the world. In addition to that, they have been offered over $1,000,000 USD in scholarships on average over the past few years, with $2,000,000 USD offered in 2018! KIS has maintained a 7-year average Diploma score of 34 IB points, well above the world average of 30 points, with an average pass rate of 96%, and close to 100% participation rate (i.e. all of our graduating cohort usually do the full IB Diploma).
To ensure that students find the right school for them, our university counselors meet with students starting in Grade 9 to help prepare them to plan and set goals for their future after KIS. For more information about university counseling please visit our University Counseling page.
Counseling is progressive throughout the school in all programmes. The idea of “best fit” for university applications begins long before the students begin the DP. The students will narrow down their searches by looking at what countries they want to study in, what field they want to study, if they need scholarships, etc.