IB Diploma Programme
University entrance preparation
The High School courses at Campus Steglitz (Internationale Schule Berlin) lead to the German Abitur, whereas at Campus Dahlem (Berlin International School) students can obtain the IB Diploma.
Organised by the International Baccalaureate Office based in Geneva, Switzerland, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a very rigorous academic program emphasising academic achievement, critical thinking, research skills and community service. It has been operating world-wide for over 40 years (1968) and is in place in almost 1500 schools in around 120 countries around the world.
The IB Diploma is recognised in virtually every country in the world.
The great majority of 11th and 12th grade students at the Berlin International School are working toward this diploma. The IB is needed for entry to universities in a number of countries but other countries are more interested in the scores achieved by the students in Higher Level subjects. High IB scores result in advanced placement at American universities.
The IB Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to:
- ask challenging questions,
- learn how to learn,
- develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture
- develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.
To be eligible for the IB Diploma, each student is required to follow six IB courses, with one subject taken from each group in the curriculum model:
- Arts (or one subject from groups 1-4)
- Language B (second language) (language)
- Individuals and Societies
- Experimental Sciences
- Language A (literature and/or language)
All IB Diploma students must choose three courses at Higher Level (HL) and three courses at Standard Level (SL). Each of the six group subjects is assessed both internally - with external moderation - and externally by examiners around the world and are graded on the IB 7-point scale. In addition they must take a Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course, write a 4,000-word Extended Essay and complete a Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) Programme.