The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in our school - HS2 and HS3 curriculum.

The IB Diploma Programme is a 2-year course preparing students to start their university education all around the world. All the subjects except for Polish A are taught in English. The programme is finalized in the May exam session.

In the IB Diploma Programme the student must choose one subject from each of the six subject groups:

Our school offers the following selection of subjects:

Language A (mother tongue): studies in language and literature Polish, English
Language B (2nd language): language acquisition English, French, German,
Russian, Italian (also ab-initio)
Individuals and Societies Business and Management, Information Technology in Global Society, History, Psychology
Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science
Mathematics 3 levels of difficulty-to be chosen by the student (higher, standard and studies)
The Arts Visual Arts (or any additional subject—languages, humanities, sciences)

The student must choose three subjects at the Higher Level (HL) and three subjects at the Standard Level (SL). Higher Level subjects require 6 lessons per week and Standard Level subjects require 4 lessons per week. There are also differences in the range of topics and the assessment criteria.

Apart from the above choice of subjects the student must meet the requirements of Theory of Knowledge (TOK). This subject is the key to understand the philosophy of the IB educational system. It provides the student with the philosophical basis of every area of knowledge present in the IB programme. It generates critical and creative reflections with regard to the processes of learning, teaching, educating, and to reality in general. It is a great opportunity to raise questions and debate, to form one’s individual way of acquiring knowledge and to develop a critical attitude to the world around.

The third compulsory element of the IB programme is CAS (Creativity, Action, Service). Creativity stands for all the extracurricular activities taken by the student that would develop his/her artistic and emotional sensitivity (for instance dance, theatre, drawing, but also learning a foreign language). Action refers to a wide range of sports activities (such as swimming, fitness, yoga, gym) taken by the student in his/her free time. Service means any charitable activity undertaken for the benefit of other people or animals. IB students are expected to become non-profit volunteers-helping the aged, working in an animal shelter, tutoring weak students etc. All the tasks and activities will be controlled by the school CAS coordinator and must be confirmed by the reports containing the student’s descriptions and reflections related to his/her experiences. The CAS coordinator in our school can guide the students suggesting various CAS opportunities (Service especially) and supervises their work and progress.

The final formal requirement that must be met by each student is completing the Extended Essay, a 4000-word written thesis related to any of the IB subjects offered by the school. The essay must be an original account of the student’s own observations, reflections and conclusions related to his/her research, experimentation and examination of the selected data.

The maximum number of the diploma points to be scored - 45.

The student can obtain 7 points in each academic subject. Additionally the student can achieve 3 points for his/her TOK essay and Extended Essay (graded by external examiners).

To complete the IB programme the student is also obliged to meet the requirements of CAS (150 hours of active work plus a reflective statement).

To obtain the Diploma the student must achieve a minimum total of 24 exam points, provided that he/she has at least 12 points for HL subjects.

All the exams are assessed externally by well-qualified examiners all around the world.