Academic Program

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IB Diploma Programme

Grade 11 - Grade 12

Cebu International School has been authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme since 1999. The Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year program of international education. It is a comprehensive and challenging pre-university course of study, leading to examinations, that demands the best from motivated students and teachers. It is widely recognized for its high academic standards.

What is the IB Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The program is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

Since the late 1960s, the program has:

  • provided a package of education that balances the subject breadth and depth, and considers the nature of knowledge across disciplines through the unique theory of knowledge course
  • encourage international-mindedness in IB students, starting with a foundation in their own language and culture
  • developed a positive attitude to learning that prepares students for university education
  • gained a reputation for its rigorous external assessment with published global standards, making this a qualification welcomed by universities worldwide
  • emphasized the development of the whole student-physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

Quality assurance and professional development

Any school wishing to offer the Diploma Programme and attain IB World School status must first go through the authorization process. The requirements for authorization are the same for all schools, even though the process is administered slightly differently in each IB region. The process is designed to ensure schools are well prepared to implement the program successfully. This is a challenging program that demands the best from both motivated students and teachers. Schools can access an extensive package of IB professional development for teachers and administrators and commit to ongoing professional development. Schools are required to participate in an ongoing process of review and development, using standards and practices that apply to all IB World Schools.

IB teachers are challenged to consistently reflect upon and improve their practice. All teachers in IB World Schools have access to the online curriculum centre, which provides program documentation, examples of student work, and al acts as the hub of an international online community. Teachers can talk to other teachers in IB World Schools around the world, give and receive advice, and post their own example resources for other teachers to share.

For a more extensive view of the IB DP, you may read the Guide to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.