Diploma Years (Ages 16–19)

As an international school, we offer a comprehensive and balanced curriculum, preparing young individuals to relate classroom experience to the realities of the outside world and inspiring them to achieve their personal best. All students at BIS are given the opportunity to study for the full International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, IB Certificates and/or the BIS High School Diploma. For more details about IB Certificates and the High School Diploma, please refer to our Qualifications page.

All BIS Secondary School students belong to an advisory group of up to 12 students which meets every day before classes start. The advisory group ensures that each student has a faculty member who knows her or him well and sees the students on a daily basis. Advisory is a time where students receive support and guidance with pastoral care issues and are informed about happenings and announcements regarding their school day.

We invite families to come to school and receive information directly about the options available. We are always pleased to respond to individual requests for consultations. Our IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Lorraine Heinrichs, would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

IB Diploma

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a challenging, pre-university course of studies that meet the needs of highly motivated Secondary School students between the ages of 16 and 19 years. The courses are rigorously assessed and give IB Diploma holders access to leading universities worldwide, as well as solid grounding for high achievement once enrolled in such an institution.

Before making a decision to opt for this programme, students should evaluate the following questions:

  • Am I prepared to follow a rigorous pre-university course of studies?
  • Am I highly motivated?
  • Am I prepared to be challenged in my way of thinking?
  • Am I prepared to work co-operatively with others, to develop awareness and concern in and outside of school?

The full IB Diploma is not suitable for all students. In order to earn a full IB Diploma students are required to:

The IB Diploma Curriculum Model

The IB Diploma Programme is modelled on a series of concentric circles with six academic subject areas surrounding a core. Candidates are required to select one subject from each of the six subject areas. At least three (not more than four) of these subjects are taken at higher level (HL) and the others at standard level (SL).

Our Diploma Programme Curriculum Guide gives insight into our programme structures and concepts.

Below you can find an overview of the subject we offer for Grades 11 and 12:

Group 1 – Studies in Language and Literature

  • English and/or German as Studies in Literature including selections from world literature
  • English and/or German as a Language and Literature course

Group 2 – Language Acquisition

  • German and Spanish offered at various levels, and English at Higher Level, as language acquisition (students may also opt to take two languages from Group 1)

Group 3 – Individuals and Societies

  • History, Geography, Economics

Group 4 - Sciences

  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sports Exercise and Health Science

Group 5 - Mathematics

  • Mathematics, Mathematical Studies

Group 6 - The Arts

  • Visual Arts, Music (students may also opt to take a second subject from Groups 2, 3 or 4).
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