IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)
The IB Diploma Programme is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year curriculum leading to a set of external examinations taken by students in May of their final year at FIS. Those who satisfy the demands of the Diploma demonstrate a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of the mastery of subject content and in the development of the skills and discipline necessary for success in a competitive world.
At FIS, Grade 10 students decide – with the recommendation of their teachers and counselors – whether or not to pursue the full IB Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12, or to take IB certificates in individual subjects. In both cases, students must sit the examinations provided by the IB.
Students pursuing the IB Diploma study six subjects including the arts, experimental sciences, individuals and societies, language, second language, and math and computer science. Typically, three subjects are higher level; the remaining three are at standard level. In addition to specified courses, the IBDP has three central parts:
During Grades 11 and 12 students must complete an essay of no more than 4,000 words. The essay exposes students to independent research and writing similar to what they will experience at university, while giving them the opportunity to examine a topic of their choice more in depth. Each student chooses a faculty member to act as an advisor.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is an interdisciplinary course students take in Grades 11 and 12.
The course encourages IB Diploma students to compare and contrast subject areas, and to see connections between them by looking at various Knowledge Claims (statements beginning “I know” or “we know”). Through this, students learn to differentiate supported claims from gratuitous ones, and also to consider how a supported claim may mean different things in different subject areas – in the media, and in their personal lives and most interestingly, at different times in history.
Students learn that language, reasoning, sense perception and emotion are our Ways of Knowing – like “Knowledge Claim,” a key TOK term – but they aren’t always precise or predictable, so "Knowledge Issues" (another key term) arise.
At FIS IBDP level, we take a holistic approach that addresses how students not only focus on their accomplishments but also on their self-knowledge and self-development.
This is the essence of CAS: to learn about oneself, others, and the world through personal experience.
Linked with Theory of Knowledge (TOK), students will begin to look into ways of knowing which include shared and personal knowledge. The latter is gained through experience, which is what CAS is all about.
For more information on the IB Programme at FIS, please email FIS IB Coordinator, Ashley van der Meer.
Important Information about Abitur Equivalency
Students who have met specific subject, course duration and IB point requirements set down in the Vereinbarung über die Anerkennung des International Baccalaureate Diploma, will be eligible for direct admission to German universities and to have their IB Diplomas converted into an Abitur equivalency by the Kultusministerium of the state in which they reside.
For more information on country recognition, please visit the International Baccalaureate website.