International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is an extraordinary and challenging two-year curriculum. The Diploma Program structures and balances rigorous academic work with requirements that push you outside the classroom into community service, creativity, and physical activity. It will get you ready for universities around the world.
If you work through the full two-year program towards the IB Diploma, you’ll think deeply and critically. You’ll learn to question, research, and write thoroughly, ambitiously, distinctly. You’ll probably change the way you look at the world, and you’ll help others (including your teachers) change the way they look at the world as well.
IB is designed to help you improve the world through knowledge and respect. We feel the IB mission and goals fit our values particularly well.
Read more details about the IB Program at the official IB website. You can also contact IB Coordinator Edyta Sobczak with any questions.
II Liceum Ogólnokształcące started IB Programme in 2001. It is overseen by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) which, according to its mission statement, aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
„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 programs of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”
All IB Diploma candidates are required to take courses leading to examinations in six subjects. IB classes are broken into six groups and the following IB subjects are taught at II Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Generałowej Zamoyskiej i Heleny Modrzejewskiej in Poznań:
Group 1 – Language A: English Language and Literature, Polish Literature
Group 2 – Language B: English, French, Spanish, German
Group 3 – Individuals & Societies: History, Economics, Geography
Group 4 – Experimental Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science
Group 5 – Mathematics: Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL, Mathematical Studies SL
Diploma candidates must take courses in three subject areas for higher-level and three subject areas for standard-level. Students can choose for themselves which combination they prefer. IB examinations are universal and checked externally , and are taken on prescribed days in the first three weeks of May. All the examinations are taken following a two-year course of study.
To earn the IB Diploma, candidates must earn at least twenty-four points. Points are awarded in each of the six subjects on a 1 (poor) to 7 (excellent) scale, and a candidate can earn up to three bonus points based on the quality of work in Theory of Knowledge and on the extended essay. In each subject, students undergo internal assessment by their classroom teacher as well as external assessment by IB examiners. External assessment includes but is not limited to the formal examinations in May.
Additional Diploma Requirements
In addition to the six courses and examinations, IB Diploma candidates must take the Theory of Knowledge course, write a 4,000-word extended essay, and participate in CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) activities.
Theory of Knowledge
Theory of Knowledge, often called TOK, provides IB candidates with opportunities to reflect upon their experiences in the light of selected philosophical issues. The course aims to help students in the following ways:
- develop greater understanding of the methods, achievements, and connectedness of subjects studied in school.
- develop greater ability to pursue analyses that illuminate issues in constructive and compassionate ways.
- develop greater ability to articulate experiences, concepts, and values, both orally and in writing.
Theory of Knowledge` assessment is based on one externally graded essay (1,000–1,500 words), and an internally graded presentation.
The Extended Essay is an original and extended piece of research and writing by the student on a topic from one of the six IB subjects. The 4,000 word essay is supervised by a school teacher and the IB coordinator. Assessment is by an external examiner.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) is organised around the three strands of Creativity, Action and Service defined as:
- Creativity – arts and other experiences that involve creative thinking
- Action – physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle, complementing academic work elsewhere in the IB Diploma Programme
- Service – an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student.
At II Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Generałowej Zamoyskiej I Heleny Modrzejewskiej in Poznań CAS is given as much importance as any other element of the Diploma Programme. Successful completion of CAS is a requirement for the award of the IB Diploma. While not formally assessed, students reflect on their CAS experiences and provide evidence of achieving the eight learning outcomes.
For more information, see the official IB website. You can also contact IB Coordinator Edyta Sobczak with any questions.