IB Diploma Programme

At LAIS, IB Diploma Programme students study 6 courses, 3 at higher level (HL), 3 at standard level (SL) during grade 7 and 8.


The IB curriculum www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum is modelled with 6 academic areas surrounding the three core requirements. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 5. In the LAIS, subjects, other than languages, are taught and examined in English. 


In addition, the programme has three core requirements students must complete over the course of their two-year programme to receive the IB Diploma:  

  • the Extended Essay
  • the interdisciplinary Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course
  • creativity, activity, service (CAS)


The grades awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. Therefore, the highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.  The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole diploma and to satisfactory participation in CAS.  For more information, see  www.ibo.org.

IB mission statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  


To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.  


These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

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