The IB Program is a focus on the growth of the whole individual. The DP was established to provide students with a balanced education, facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding. It was created by teachers at the International School of Geneva, with assistance from several other international schools. Since then, innovative and committed teachers and examiners from around the world have played a significant role in the development of the programme.
The Core Elements Explained
One of the main goals of the program is connections. The three core elements are meant to foster these connections allowing students to digger deeper on concepts that interest them. The first element, Theory of Knowledge, commonly referred to as ToK, is a metacognitive approach to course content asking the question, "How do we know what we know?' The second element, Extended Essay, is a 4,000 word paper extending a concept from any IB course the student chooses. The final element, CAS, constitutes 150 hours of time outside the classroom in the areas of Creativity (50+ hours), Action (50+ hours) and Service (50+ hours). Students design their own CAS program with the support of the CAS Supervisor.
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