Diploma Programme (Grades 11 and 12)


What Is the Diploma Programme (DP) at ISP?

At the International School of Paris our students aged 16-19 learn through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. 

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) was established in 1968 to provide an internationally recognised qualification for students studying outside of their home country. Present in almost 5,000 schools and 140 countries, the IB DP has a world-wide reputation for excellence in preparing students for university study. 

International research shows there are many benefits to choosing the DP over other curricula for the 16-19 age group. For example:

  • DP students are better able than their peers to cope with demanding workloads, manage their time and meet the expectations placed on them.
  • Analysis of DP students in Canada, the UK and the USA found that the DP’s Extended Essay requirement improves students’ approach to learning in higher education.
  • The DP has been shown to foster academic persistence, resulting in decreased university drop out rates. 


Our students can...

  • demonstrate mastery in traditional academic subjects;
  • make sound choices about their futures and state how these choices will help them become leaders and global citizens; 
  • earn bilingual diplomas at a higher rate than their peers in other IB DP schools;
  • reflect thoughtfully on their work in the areas of creativity, activity and service. 
The IB Diploma Programme emphasizes academic achievement, critical thinking, research skills and community service.
The International Baccalaureate




What Are the Core Elements of the Diploma Programme?


Which Diploma Programme Subjects Are Offered at ISP?

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. All IB Diploma students must choose three courses at Higher Level (HL) and three courses at Standard Level (SL).



How Can We Learn More about the Diploma Programme?

Explore the links and videos below to learn more about the DP as an educational philosophy and its implementation at ISP. 

ISP DP Curriculum Guide

ISP Secondary School Handbook



Listen to this podcast to hear what it's like being a DP student during difficult times
Listen to this podcast to hear about DP students taking action
Watch this slideshow to see a summary of 2021 IB exam results
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Read this blog to learn about special guests who inspire our DP students
The Creativity Code: Marcus du Sautoy Talks TOK With Grade 12 Students

Living in an age when machine learning and artificial intelligence are becoming ubiquitous in the technologies used in daily life, we can’t help but ask whether computers could extend their abilities from just being able to perform calculations to synthesizing creative work. It has been known for a while that performing calculations is something computers excel at; they can multiply long strings of numbers faster than any human can and find prime numbers with millions of digits. The ability to synthesize creative work, on the other hand, is something most people would consider a human ability. Surely only conscious humans could possess the extraordinary ability to compose symphonies, write compelling novels and paint impressionist artwork?

Learn about DP students as global citizens
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Learn about the student-led newspaper, The Beethoven Beat, on Instagram
Learn about the student-led social justice group, OnJustice, on Instagram



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