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IB Diploma Programme (11-12)

The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. The programme is taught over the course of two years from grades 11 - 12, and has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.

Diploma Programme students study six courses at higher level (HL) or standard level (SL). In addition to the courses, the program has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding:

  • The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
  • Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language, and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical, and historical).
  • Creativity, action, service (CAS) requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.

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The courses for the Diploma Programme are as follows:

  • Math Analysis and Approaches SL
  • English Lit
  • Chemistry SL
  • Arabic HL
  • Business Management
  • IB History of Africa and the Middle East
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Islamic Studies
  • Tafseer of the Qur'an

Every IB course contains assessments that test the students' level in the course and determine their IB grades. Along with the courses, students must complete what is known as the Extended Essay and C.A.S (Creativity, Action, Service).