• DP Unique Characteristics

    The program offers special features in addition to the traditional strengths of a liberal arts curriculum.   These features are requirements of all students who seek an IB Diploma.
    • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a required, interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection upon the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. TOK challenges students to question the bases of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases, and to develop a personal mode of thought based on analysis of evidence expressed in rational argument. The key element in the IBO's educational philosophy, Theory of Knowledge seeks to develop a coherent approach to learning which transcends and unifies the academic subjects and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
    • Creativity, Action, and Service is known by its acronym CAS and is a fundamental part of the diploma curriculum. The CAS requirement takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to the academic self-absorption some may feel within a demanding school program. Participation in creative endeavors, sports, and community service activities encourages young people to share their energies and special talents while developing awareness, concern and the ability to work cooperatively with others. The goal of educating the whole person and fostering a more compassionate citizenry comes alive in an immediate way when students reach beyond themselves and their books.
    • The Extended Essay is required of all full Diploma candidates.  Students undertake original research to write an essay of some 4000 words. This project offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints students with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected at the university level. Currently, 60 subjects areas are available for students' selection.
Last Modified on December 9, 2009