Curriculum

Basic information

All subjects are taught in English.

Each student chooses from six subject groups

  • three higher level subjects
  • three standard level subjects

Standard level subjects (SL) are taught for 150 hours (60 minutes). Higher level subjects (HL) are taught for 240 hours (60 minutes).

Subject Group 1English Language and LiteratureHL/SL
Subject Group 2German and SpanishSL
Subject Group 3Psychology
Business Management
HL/SL
HL/SL
Subject Group 4BiologyHL
Subject Group 5MathematicsSL
Subject Group 6FilmHL/SL

 

Core

The IB® DP consists of three core components that enable the best possible preparation for studies and lifelong learning.

  • Research project (extended essay)
  • Theory of knowledge
  • Creativity – activity – engagement

(Source: www.ibo.org)

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Research Project

Planning and writing an extended essay on a topic of their choice prepares our students for academic essay and paper writing at university.

Theory of Knowledge

In the TOK lessons and beyond, our students learn to ask and answer questions about knowledge and learning. This is not just about acquiring knowledge, but about critical thinking and the question of how we know what we know.

Creativity Activity Commitment (CAS)

CAS consists of three elements:

  • Creativity: Focuses on creative thinking and finding new and artistic solutions.
  • Activity: Includes all forms of exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Commitment: Emphasises voluntary and unpaid work for and together with others. Students learn that their actions are meaningful for others, develop team-work abilities and test their leadership skills

A CAS project combines all these three elements. For example, a dance project could be developed that is practiced with a primary school class and performed for older people in the neighbourhood. In their CAS project, students pursue their individual interests and contribute their strong points to the project.

 

Assessment

Throughout the programme, students take different examinations and types of examinations in various subjects. Some of these examinations are evaluated internally by our teachers and others are evaluated externally. All results contribute to the final grade. After each semester, both learners and parents receive a detailed report on the individual learning successes.

In all six subjects, students take a final examination in May of the second year, which is evaluated externally.