In addition to the six subjects taken, the student must also complete the following components:
Theory of Knowledge (TOK):
An interdisciplinary course linking the six subject groups intended to stimulate critical and creative thinking on knowledge gained. TOK challenges students to be analytical, objective, and appreciate other cultural perspectives.
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS):
Creativity, Activity, and Service are at the heart of the IB Diploma Programme. It is the IB Learner Profile in action.
The emphasis in CAS is on learning through reflecting on experiences. CAS aims to develop the whole person. It complements academic accomplishments with practical and real-life experiences that are a medium for personal and social development.
The purpose is for students to be involved in experiences that will make a significant difference to their lives and to the lives of others, as well as challenge them to extend existing skills or learn new ones.
This course enables each student to explore a topic of special interest from any of the subject groups. The Extended Essay introduces students to the kind of independent research and writing skills expected by universities with the submission of a 4000-word essay. The required length enables students to deepen their studies and produce original work under close academic supervision.
While the programme is demanding, IB is not an elitist course but open to the average and above-average students throughout their studies, effective learners in IB need to be motivated, knowledgeable, strategic in their learning, ethical, compassionate, reflective, and socially interactive.