The IB Diploma Program (DP)
The IB Diploma Program (DP) is a curriculum framework for learners aged 16 - 19. It is “an academically challenging and balanced program that prepares students for success.” It is well recognized and respected by universities around the world. (ibo.org, Diploma Programme)
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.
The three core elements are: Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know. The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.
The six subject groups are: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts. Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.” (ibo.org, Diploma Programme Curriculum)
As stated in the MUHS Course Description Catalog (acsdvt.org), beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, the first DP courses will be offered to members of the class of 2021. All departments will offer a variety of DP courses for students to pursue throughout their junior and senior years. The DP courses are open to all students in grades 11 and 12; students may choose to complete one or more DP courses, earning a certificate in each course. Courses will be offered at both the standard level (SL) and higher level (HL). Students may choose to complete all requirements of the diploma program, potentially earning an official diploma from the IBO. All MUHS students will be required to take the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course to fulfill their graduation requirements. Further details about the Diploma Program at MUHS can be found in the MUHS Course Description Catalog.
- MUHS Course Description Catalog
- Parent Pack - Frequently asked questions about the DP
- DP for Parents
- IB DP Program website
The 9 schools of Addison Central School District are candidate schools for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as IB World Schools. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
ACSD's applications for candidacy to become an IB World District were approved near the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The candidacy phase is typically a two to three year process.