Diploma Programme (Grades 11 and 12)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) was established in 1968 to provide an international, and internationally recognized, university-entrance qualification for students studying outside of their home country. The IB’s goal is to provide students with the values and opportunities that will enable them to develop sound judgment, make wise choices, and respect others in the global community.

The IB Diploma Programme emphasizes academic achievement, critical thinking, research skills and community service. It has been operating world-wide for almost 50 years and is in place in almost 3000 schools in over 140 countries around the world. As the programme has grown, so too has its reputation for excellence; the IB DP is now recognized in almost every country in the world as a one of the pre-eminent pre-university qualifications.

IB Diploma Courses at the International School of Paris


To be eligible for the IB Diploma, each student is required to follow six IB Diploma courses, with one subject taken from each group in the curriculum model:

Group 1: Language and Literature

Options available at ISP:

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • Other language self-taught (Standard Level only)

Group 2: Language Acquisition

Options available at ISP:

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

Options available at ISP:

  • Economics
  • Environmental Systems and Societies (Standard level only)
  • Geography
  • History

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

Options available at ISP:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Design
  • Environmental Systems and Societies (Standard Level only)
  • Nature of Science (Standard Level only)
  • Physics

Group 5: Mathematics

Options available at ISP:

  • Mathematics (HL and SL)
  • Mathematical Studies (Standard level only)

Group 6: The arts and electives

Options available at ISP:

  • Film
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • An additional subject from groups 1-4
All IB Diploma students must choose three courses at Higher Level (HL) and three courses at Standard Level (SL).

The Core of the IB Diploma Programme

Theory of Knowledge

TOK is a question-based subject in which students investigate their own knowledge and what it means to know. In it, students examine different knowledge disciplines, and investigate how knowledge develops in and across these. Students come to recognise their own personal, ideological and cultural assumptions, and over time come to understand other perspectives, and gain an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of cultural perspectives.

Extended Essay

The Extended Essay gives students the opportunity to research a topic of special interest to them. Involving the production of a 4000 word research paper, it is an excellent preparation for undergraduate study and is particularly valued by universities around the world. Students develop skills in analysis, synthesis, evaluation and communication, and thoroughly engage in a personal exploration of their research question.

Creativity, Activity and Service

IB Diploma students all have to take part in real, purposeful activities involving creativity, activity and service. The very best activities are initiated by the students themselves, and have significant outcomes. Students are encouraged to work in teams, challenging themselves and each other. Learning and personal reflection on their students’ experiences are fundamental to high-quality activities, as is the ability to plan and review progress.

The IB Diploma Programme emphasizes academic achievement, critical thinking, research skills and community service.
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