At OIS, we believe that the IBDP programme is the best high school programme for a rapidly changing
world. The IB mission statement states.
The IB programme 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
IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging
programmes of international education and rigorous assessments. 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.
IB programme is best represented in the form given below. These subjects in the model are
explained in greater detail later on. Central to the programme are:
The extended essay, a piece of original research on a topic of interest
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) which challenges students to reflect critically on diverse ways of
knowing and areas of knowledge and to consider the role knowledge plays in a global society;
CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) which encourages students to develop in areas outside the school;
and develop social awareness.
The two years leading to graduation at OIS are based on courses leading to the IB Diploma. Students
entering grade 11 will be expected to enroll in six courses in addition to Theory of Knowledge,
undertaking an EE in a subject of their choice and participating in the CAS programme offered at OIS.
All Diploma students take 3 subjects at higher level, 3 subjects at standard level. Course selection at
this stage in a student's life entails important decisions and should be made in consultation with
parents and teachers. These choices must take into account each student's.
- Long-term education and career goals
- Demonstrated skills and strengths
- Current interests
All students must study a range of six subjects, one from each group in the IB Curriculum. For Diploma
students three of these subjects must be taken at a Higher Level and three are taken at Standard Level.
Course offerings for 2013 - 2015 are set out in the six groups below. Expanded descriptions of each
subject are given in separate sections.
*Please note that this does not guarantee that all courses will run. Availability of courses will also depend on student numbers.
All courses are available at both Higher and Standard Level unless annotated with the following
HL = Higher Level, SL = Standard Level.
Group 1 Language A1 (Studies in Language and Literature)
Group 2 Language B and Ab Initio (Language Acquisition)
French B, French Ab Initio, Spanish Ab Initio, Hindi B
Group 3 Individuals and Societies
History, Business and management, Economics, ESS
Group 4 Experimental Sciences
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, ESS
Group 5 Mathematics
Math HL, Math SL, Math Studies SL.
Group 6 The Arts
Visual Art, Theatre
(French and Spanish Ab Initio and ESS are only offered at SL. Other subjects are offered at both
HL and SL. ESS is a transdisciplinary subject between groups 3 & 4).
The HL courses differ from the SL courses in terms of:
- The hours devoted to teaching (240 hours for HL compared to 150 hours for SL)
- Extra depth and breadth required (HL extension topics)
- Nature of the examination questions
- Nature of internal assessment