International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)

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About the IBDP

Theory of knowledge

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TOK is a course about critical thinking and inquiring into the process of knowing, rather than learning about a specific body of knowledge. The TOK course examines how we know what we claim to know. It does this by encouraging students to analyze knowledge claims and explore knowledge questions.

Creativity, activity & service

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CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. The three strands of CAS, which are often interwoven with particular activities, are characterized as follows:

Extended essay

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The extended essay is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from the list of approved Diploma Programme Subjects – normally one of the student’s six chosen subjects for the IB Diploma. It is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery, and creativity, all of which are highly beneficial to university students regardless of career/degree plans.

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