Diploma Programme

Grades 11 and 12 at Bloomingdale follow the most challenging and comprehensive curriculum - the international baccalaureate diploma programme (IBDP). The IB diploma is globally recognized as a highly valued university entry qualification.


Diploma Programme at Bloomingdale

As an IB World School, Bloomingdale International School (BIS) offers its students the opportunity to undertake the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP). This programme, one of the four offered by IBO, is a rigorous two year pre-university education programme, leading to examinations, for highly motivated students aged 16 to 19 years old. It is a very demanding undertaking and students must be prepared to put in sufficient effort and individual enterprise. While it is very academically challenging and rewarding, it is still possible for weaker students to attain the IB Diploma – provided they are determined to do so.

The DP is much more, however, than a series of academic subjects. Its unique additional features of Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), Extended Essay (EE) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK) ensure that students are made aware of their community responsibilities, are encouraged to develop their research skills and become independent thinkers. The underlying philosophy is that students should share an academic experience that would emphasize critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to a variety of points of view.

For more information on the DP, please visit the IB’s website, www.ibo.org, or contact the DP Coordinator

DP Subject offerings

The IB Diploma Programme with its demanding academic standards has high acceptance in Universities and Colleges worldwide.

English A: Language and Literature HL/SL

Hindi B HL/SL

Spanish ab initio SL

Business Management HL/SL

Economics HL/SL

History HL/SL

Psychology HL/SL

Biology HL/SL

Chemistry HL/SL

Physics HL/SL

Environmental Systems and Societies SL

Design & Technology

Analysis and Approaches HL/SL

Applications and Interpretation HL/SL

Visual Arts HL/SL

Students at the podiumLanguage booksStudents behind a film cameraGirls in the science labStudents painting outside

Why the Diploma Programme?

Students take written examinations at the end of the DP, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. The Diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the Creativity, Action, Service requirement. The highest total that a DP student can be awarded is 45 points.

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