A group of ISP's Grade 11 and 12 students participated in the ISTMF senior mathematics competition in Vienna. Read their reflections on mathematics, Vienna, and Sacher cake!
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.
- Group 1: Language and Literature
- Group 2: Language Acquisition
- Group 3: Individuals and Societies
- Group 4: Experimental Sciences
- Group 5: Mathematics
- Group 6: The arts and electives
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.
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.
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.
Students in Grade 11 attended the 2017 Theory of Knowledge Conference in Maastricht during the ski break to explore the central question, "Who are we?" TOK student Hiroki shares his experience of the conference.
"Speaking with our allies and, above all, having fun while doing it..." Zinzan describes how Grade 11 students were transformed into delegates of Mauritania for The Hague International Model United Nations conference in February.
ISP's Spanish students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 recently took a short trip to Paris' Grand Palais to see the "Mexique (1990–1950)" exhibition.
Grade 11 Theatre students attended a three-day workshop with the International Schools Theatre Association in Manchester, UK, in October and one student shares her experience.
This summer the Sustainable Development Project went to Tafi Atome, Ghana, to teach in the local school and help construct a daycare center for the village's families. The center is now open!
Can we trust the information we receive? Can truth and knowledge ever be certain? Grade 11 students asked these and many other questions in their Theory of Knowledge week.
Grade 12 students Maria Katsuno and Aga Polak write about Internal Assessment Week at ISP. Requiring about ten hours of research and investigation for the chosen topic in each subject, the assessments count as 20% of Diploma Programme students' final grade.
Seven Grade 11 students represented ISP at the European Youth Debating Competition with outstanding results.
The International School of Paris Class of 2016 has produced the best IB Diploma results we have ever had in school, by almost every calculation!