The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an academic examination course followed in the final two years of many secondary schools throughout the world. It is accepted by governments and universities worldwide as an entrance qualification to higher education.
Where possible we encourage students to take either the A1 language requirement in their own language or as a B language. Where the student selects the A1 own language, the student would take English as a B language.
The first Diploma candidates from the Rotterdam International Secondary School sat their examinations in May 1993. The pass rate for the Diploma was 100%.
Candidates study a total of 6 subjects: 3 subjects at Higher level and 3 subjects at Standard level.
One subject is chosen from each of the following groups:
||English Literature or student’s own language with Literature or Dutch Language and Literature.|
||A second language (Dutch/French/English/Spanish) or student’s own language with an approved private tutor.|
||Individuals and Society
||Economics, Geography, History, |
IT in a Global Society, ESS
||Biology, Chemistry, Physics, ESS |
||At either Maths Standard, Maths Higher or Maths Studies. |
||Art & Design or another subject from Groups 1-4 |
There are 3 further criteria to complete the IB diploma program. All students must:
° follow an assessed course in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK). TOK explores the different methods by which knowledge claims are justified in each area of the IB program;
° fulfill the demands of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) which is a program of activities pursued outside the classroom. Each student is expected to achieve 150 hours in CAS activities;
° write an Extended Essay in one of their subjects based on their own research.
Students follow 5 lessons per week in their Higher Level subjects and 3 lessons per week at Standard Level. TOK is taught twice a week. CAS requirements and the Extended Essay are pursued in the student’s own time. IB candidates are expected to complete regular homework assignments.
An IB Diploma cannot be acquired without the requirements for CAS, the Extended Essay and TOK being met.