DP Core

  • DP Core

    The Core of the Diploma Programme aims to broaden students' educational experiences and challenges them to apply their knowledge and skills. The core consists of three required components: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, and Creativity, Activity, & Service.

  • tok
    Theory of Knowledge

    Theory of knowledge (TOK) is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1,600 word essay. It asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know.

    TOK is part of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) core and is mandatory for all students. 
    To learn more about TOK, please read The Theory of Knowledge Subject Brief or listen to students from the class of 2016 explain what TOK is: 
  • extended essay
    The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.  The extended essay is mandatory for all students and can be written in one of the subjects studied in the Diploma Programme at HHMS.  Students will select the discipline which interests them, conduct research, and draft a paper with the help of a supervisor.  For more information about the extended essay, please read the Extended Essay Subject Brief.
  • Creativity, Activity, and Service

    Creativity, activity, service (CAS) is one of the three essential elements that every student must complete as part of the Diploma Programme (DP). 

    Studied throughout the Diploma Programme, CAS involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies.  It is not formally assessed. However, students reflect on their CAS experiences as part of the DP, and provide evidence of achieving the eight learning outcomes for CAS.  For more information about the eight learning outcomes, please read the CAS Subject Brief
    *Information provided by the International Baccalaureate at www.ibo.org