IB Diploma Programme

Requirements of the full IB Diploma Programme

To fulfill requirements for the diploma, students take three Higher Level (HL) courses and three Standard Level(SL) courses (one from each subject group). Each course requires additional work, including projects, analytical writing assignments, portfolios, and oral commentaries.

In conjunction with class work and examinations, full diploma candidates complete the Theory of Knowledge class, which questions what it means to "know" something and links the disciplines together. Diploma candidates also write a 4,000-word independent research paper, investigating a topic of special interest. Finally, students complete 150 hours of the Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) requirement by participating in such activities as the performing arts, sports, and community service.

Students must earn at least 24 points with all specifications met and at least an average of 4 in the HL subjects. IB exams are scored on a scale of 1-7, with 4 being satisfactory. The IB Diploma pass rate for SHA students is 96% compared to the world pass rate of 79%. SHA students also excel in individual IB course assessments. The SHA pass rate is 93% compared to the world rate of 80%.

Click here to view a list of IB courses at SHA and the course sequence for full IB Diploma candidates.

“The Diploma Program shaped me into someone who was not afraid to ask questions, to make connections, and developed my ability to think critically. Through Theory of Knowledge and the interconnectedness of the IB classes, I was able to better analyze information and make my own assertions.” – Kennedy Karem, Class of 2014.

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