IB Diploma

IB World School!
We are very pleased indeed to announce that the International School is now officially an IB World School, fully authorized to deliver the IB Diploma Program to its students. Starting in August 2015, ISD’s first cohort will begin. This is indeed an historic milestone for ISD. Our dedicated team of DP teachers led by our DP Coordinator, Mr. Jodis Henderson, have been working steadily for the past two years to lay a strong foundation for this stage in our young school’s evolution.


IB Diploma Program at ISD

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is a rigorous academic program for grade 11 and 12 students, preparing these students for college and university as well as providing avenues for them to make an impact on the community and the wider world. As stated in the IBO’s mission statement “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.”

While enrolled in the IBDP, students are required to undertake a study on the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), participate and take the lead in Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) activities and undertake a college level research paper denoted as the Extended Essay (EE) – these three components make up the Core of the IBDP. Full IBDP students will also have six courses, three at higher level (HL) and 3 at standard level (SL). These courses include the study of two languages, one humanities course, one science course and one mathematics course.

Key features of the IBDP program are:

· intellectual rigor and high academic standards

· focus on international understanding and responsible citizenship

· encourages critical and compassionate thinking

· promotes a cross-disciplinary approach to learning and problem solving

· 21st century approaches to teaching and learning

In March 2015, the International School of Dongguan was authorized by the IBO as an IB World School, offering the IB Diploma Program from August 2015 onward. With the support of our faculty, administration and our IB consultants, ISD has developed policies and procedures that will provide a solid foundation for our first cohorts of the IBDP program.

If ISD’s application for authorization is approved, we will offer the following subject choices:

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

· IB English Literature (HL/SL)

· IB Chinese Literature (HL/SL)

Group 2: Language Acquisition

· IB English B (HL/SL)

· IB French B (HL/SL)

· IB Mandarin B (HL/SL)

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

· IB History (HL/SL)

· IB Psychology (HL/SL)

Group 4: Sciences

· IB Biology (HL/SL)

· IB Chemistry (HL/SL)

· IB Physics (HL/SL)

Group 5: Mathematics

· IB Mathematics (HL/SL)

· IB Mathematical Studies (SL only)

Group 6: The Arts

· IB Visual Arts (HL/SL)

For more information about each of these courses, please click on the course level (i.e. HL or SL) for the relevant subject brief provided by the IBO. The diagrams below show the curriculum model for the IBDP program.


More information about the IB can be found at the following links:

· the IBO website – www.ibo.org

· What is an IB education?

· Diploma Programme: A guide for universities

· Guide to assessment in the DP

· The IB Learner Profile

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