IB Diploma Program

In Grades 11 and 12 students take part in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.  The perfect stepping stone to International Universities.

IB Diploma Program


The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) is an internationally recognized two-year exit curriculum for high school students in Grades 11 and 12 offered at schools in over 100 countries. The program is considered among the most academically rigorous and exceptional in the world and is an optimal match for ISY’s diverse and talented student body.

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop programs that encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand the differences among people and societies as well as contemporary globalization realities. In their own words:

“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.”

There is a concurrence between the IB mission and the ISY mission, but further evidence of a strong fit for ISY is the similarity between our mission and the IB Learner Profile (the ten indicators of exceptional learners): Thinker, Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Principled, Risk-Taker, Caring, Communicator, Balanced, Reflective, and Open-Minded. Instruction, discussion, learning and outcomes are all focused on aspects of our Mission and the IB Learner Profile which has been combined with the schoolwide Expected Schoolwide Learner Results (ESLRs).

The IB Diploma asks students to take one course in each of six subject areas: English Literature; World Languages; Social Science; Experimental Science; Mathematics; and The Arts.

For additional general information about the IB program, please visit the IBO web site: www.ibo.org. For detailed information about the IB curriculum, please follow this link.

Additional Requirements

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a critical thinking course focused on helping students become more motivated learners in their subject areas through an understanding of how we know the things we know.

The Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) component engages students in learning experiences outside of the academic classroom and supports them in the pursuit of focused learning and service activities that encourage the growth of the whole student.

The Extended Essay (EE) asks students to write a 4,000 word research paper on a subject of their choosing as an intellectual capstone to their experience in the IB Programme.

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Program Subject Briefs

Language and Literature

Language A: Literature SL/HL
Language B SL/HL
Language ab initio SL

Individuals and Societies

Economics SL/HL
History SL/HL
Psychology SL/HL


Biology SL/HL
Chemistry SL/HL
Physics SL/HL


Mathematics: analysis and approaches SL & HL
Mathematics: applications and interpretation SL & HL

Visual Arts

Visual Arts SL/HL

Learner Profile

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.


We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.


We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.


We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.


We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.