The DP enables students to:
The DP is internationally recognized as representing one of the highest standards in university preparatory education. More than 1,000 colleges and universities in North America have recognition policies on how they weigh it in admissions, advanced standing, college credit and scholarships. A list of colleges and universities that grant credit, scholarships, and/or advanced studies for DP diplomas and certificates is available at www.ibo.org.
The DP is a rigorous course of study for motivated students. That said, prior academic success is less an indicator of ability to earn the diploma than are a student's determination to do his or her best, willingness to be organized in order to complete the work while leading a full, balanced life, and a strong commitment to learning in and beyond the classroom.
Absolutely. Most successful Diploma Programme students lead very full lives. They are often members of athletic teams and involved in a wide range of activities. Time management and organization are key skills the IB develops in students.
All DP teachers receive professional development in the IB's approaches to teaching and approaches to learning from certified IB workshop leaders. This is a requirement for IB World Schools implementing the DP.
Not all students choose to take the full course load leading to a diploma. Instead, some take a few DP courses in areas where they have particular interest or strength, similar to honors and Advanced Placement classes. Certificates are awarded on a course-by-course basis to students who choose not to do the full programme. Students who satisfactorily complete a DP course earn a certificate and may be eligible for university credit.
A 2012 study by the Consortium for Chicago School Research found that Diploma Programme students who graduated from 12 Chicago public schools were more likely to attend college, attend a selective college, and persist in college for 2 years than a matched comparison group. Additional studies on programme impact are available at www.ibo.org/research.
*Information provided by the International Baccalaureate at www.ibo.org
|Course Offered||Grade Level||Prerequisites|
|Group 1: Literature HL||Eleventh-Twelfth||Successful completion of PDP English I and II with satisfactory progress.|
|Group 1: Language and Literature HL||Eleventh-Twelfth||Successful completion of PDP English I and II with satisfactory progress.|
|Group 2: Spanish B SL||Eleventh-Twelfth||Successful completion of PDP Spanish I and II with satisfactory progress.|
|Group 3: History of the Americas HL||Eleventh-Twelfth||Successful completion of PDP US Gov. & Pol. and PDP Human Geography with satisfactory progress.|
|Group 3: Psychology HL||Eleventh-Twelfth||Successful progress in the PDP programme.|
|Group 4: Biology HL||Eleventh-Twelfth||Successful completion of PDP Biology I and PDP Chemistry with satisfactory progress.|
|Group 4: Physics SL||Eleventh-Twelfth||Successful completion of PDP Biology and PDP chemistry with satisfactory progress. Strong Math skills are required.|
|Group 5: Mathematics SL||Eleventh-Twelfth||Successful completion of PDP Algebra I, PDP Geometry, PDP Algebra II with satisfactory progress.|
|Group 5: Math Studies SL||Eleventh-Twelfth||Successful completion of PDP Algebra I, PDP Geometry, and PDP Algebra II with satisfactory progress.|
|Group 6: Film HL||Eleventh-Twelfth||Successful progress in the PDP programme.|
|Core: Theory of Knowledge||Eleventh-Twelfth||Required for all full-diploma and certificate students.|
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"In short, IB challenged the way I thought. For 4 years, I was encouraged to consider the perspectives of other people in many scenarios. This has helped me as a student, as a performer, and as a person, allowing me to become a more open-minded individual."
-Daniel Loving, Class of 2016