Indus International School, Pune has received authorization for International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Feb 2011.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) is a two-year course of study at High School level. The structure of the DP is different from other courses, because the programme reflects the educational practices of other countries. For example, students take a wider range of subjects, but some of these are studied in depth, preparing students for University courses.
Students take three subjects at a standard level (150 hours of teaching) and three at a higher level (240 hours of teaching) or 4 subjects at a higher level and 2 subjects at a standard level.
There are 6 groups of study and students at Indus International School must pick one from each group. These are:
Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
English A: Literature
Group 2: Languages Acquisition
English B, French B, Spanish B, Hindi B, French ab initio, Spanish ab initio
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Economics, History, Business and Management, Psychology, Environmental Systems & Societies (trans-disciplinary subject)
Group 4: Experimental Sciences
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems & Societies (trans-disciplinary subject), Computer Science
Group 5: Mathematics
Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL, Mathematical Studies SL
Group 6: The Art
Visual Art or a second subject from Groups 3 or 4
All students must complete 3 additional requirements:
- An extended essay of some 4000 words, which provides the first experience of an
independent research paper. The focus of the essay must relate to one of the student's
- A course entitled Theory of Knowledge, which explores the relationships among the
various disciplines, and ensures that students engage in critical reflection and
analysis of the knowledge acquired within and beyond the classroom.
- Participation in Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) activities. All IB students are
expected to contribute at least half a day per week to CAS. This is to create opportunities
for service and enhance interpersonal and communication skills.
At Indus International School we offer 2 options:
Students can chose one subject from each group or select the sixth subject from Groups 3 or 4 instead of Group 6.
Students must select one subject each from Groups 1, 2 and 5, and three subjects from Group 4. This enables them to take up professional courses like Engineering/Medical for admission to universities in India and some universities abroad.
Various methods of assessment are used, such as coursework, practical work and orals. Written examinations are conducted at the end of the two years, and coursework makes up 20 – 50% of the final score.
Performance is measured against standards that are used worldwide. Students are given a grade from 1 (min) to 7 (max) for each subject they are examined in. To obtain the diploma, a minimum score of 24 (maximum is 42), needs to be achieved. It is possible to earn an additional three points for superior work on the essay, TOK course and CAS.
There are over 3,400 trained IBO examiners across the world, who assess the work of 40,000 students a year. Eighty per cent of students who attempt the DP course are awarded with DP qualification.
Every university in the world and in India recognizes the IB programme. This means they will grant university entrance based on the student's performance in the IB exams. The curriculum committee is formed from IB teachers around the world.
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