Students complete coursework in six subject areas for the DP:
English, World Language (Chinese or Spanish), Social Studies (History), Sciences, Math, and the Arts.
Each course lasts for two years.
(Students must remain enrolled in the same world language course throughout the Middle Years and the Diploma Programmes - grades seven through twelve)
At the end of grade twelve, students submit portfolios of their work and complete written examinations to IB for assessment.
In addition, students will also complete a research essay called an ‘extended essay’, a course called ‘Theory of Knowledge’, and service hours called CAS.
The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
Creativity, action, service (CAS) requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.
More information about the diploma programme can be found at http://www.ibo.org/diploma/
Information about Michigan State University IB credits can be found at
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