Introduction to IB

Introduction to IB

The International Baccalaureate Organisation offers a wide-ranging set of curricula for students aged from 3 to 19.  IB education fosters not only students’ intellectual development, but also emotional, personal, as well as social skills development, such that students will be well-equipped for their studies, work career, as well as the many challenges in life.

IB curricula are not based on any national curriculum in the world.  They are designed independent of national educational curricula, yet contain the best elements and essences of other popular educational curricula.   IB curricula are therefore both adaptive and unique.

The IB Diploma Programme – a two-year pre-university programme – comprises of core and six basic subject areas.  Students will have to select one subject from each area.  Students will therefore can study both humanities and science subjects.  Each subject is offered at two levels – standard and higher.

The IB Diploma Programme is highly regarded by educational circles worldwide, is gaining rapid popularity around the world, and is considered an ideal precursor to applications to top universities.

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The three core components of FP are as follows:

1.      Academic Writing  (AW)

2.      Critical Thinking  (CT)

3.      Creativity, Activity, Service, and Entrepreneurship  (CASE)

The subjects on offer for FP at TISR are as follows:

1.      Chinese 

2.      English 

3.      Mathematics 

4.      Economics 

5.      Geography 

6.      Chemistry 

7.      Physics 

Foundation Programme (FP)

Foundation Programme (FP)

IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)

IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)

The International School of Rhodes (TISR) offers the IBDP with the following subjects.

Core course 

    Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

    Creation, Activity, Service (CAS)

    Extended Essay (EE)

In addition to the core, there are six subject groups in the IBDP program. Each subject could have two levels: Standard Level (SL) and High Level (HL). Students must take a minimum of three subjects at HL and remaining at SL.

Group 1 - Languages

    Chinese A - Language and Literature (SL/HL)

    Chinese A: Literature (SL/HL)


Group 2 - Language Acquisition

    English B (SL/HL)

Group 3 - Individuals and Societies

    Economics (SL/HL)

    Geography (SL/HL)

    Environmental system and societies (SL only)

Group 4 - Sciences

    Physical (SL/HL)

    Chemistry (SL/HL)

    Environmental system and society (SL/HL)

Group 5 - Mathematics

    Mathematical applications and interpretation (SL/HL)

    Mathematical analysis and approaches (SL/HL)

Group 6 – Art

    Visual Arts (SL/HL)

    Economics (SL/HL)

    Geography (SL/HL)

    Physical (SL/HL)

    Chemistry (SL/HL)

    Environmental system and societies (SL)




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