Diploma Programme (DP)
Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a two year
comprehensive and rigorous academic programme for academically
ambitious students in grades 11 and 12. The programme
originated in Europe in 1968 and was intended to establish a
common curriculum and university entry credential for
students moving from one country to another. ALS
was authorized to teach IB diploma programme on May 19, 2009.
The IB Diploma Programme is highly regarded at universities
worldwide. The comprehensive programme emphasizes academic
excellence as well as personal development in areas such as
philosophy and community service. The goals of the IB
Programme reach beyond academic preparation. The IB
Programme prides itself on helping to develop students who
are critical thinkers, tolerant, caring, and
The Diploma Programme
prepares students for university and encourages them to:
ask challenging questions,
learn how to learn;
develop a strong sense of their own identity
develop the ability to communicate with and
understand people from other countries and cultures.
IThe DP curriculum contains six subject groups
together with a core made up of three separate parts.
Students study six subjects selected from the subject
groups. Normally three subjects are studied at higher level
(courses representing 240 teaching hours), and the remaining
three subjects are studied at standard level (courses
representing 150 teaching hours). Each subject course is
completed over a two year period. Students sit external
exams in May of their Grade 12 year.
following the Diploma Programme at ALS have to study 6
subjects, one from each IB group:
All three parts
of the core—extended essay, theory of knowledge and
creativity, action, service—are compulsory and are central
to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme:
in-depth research project resulting in an
of 4000 words. ALS students begin
this project in
the spring of grade 11, work over the summer, and turn in
their final paper by the winter of grade 12.
course and paper, which
addresses the questions: What do we
know and how do
Commitment to the
ALS and Riyadh communities through
Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)
projects. At ALS,
CAS is perhaps
our proudest achievement, with Diploma students sponsoring
individual and group projects in the local community
throughout the year. Over the course of two years, students
are required to fulfil 150 hours of service that
encompasses all three of these areas.
information on the IB diploma programme and subjects offered
by ALS please referee to the
IB diploma programme handbook.
IB Diploma Due
The IB diploma is a passport
to higher education. Universities around the world welcome
the unique characteristics of IB Diploma Programme students
and recognize the way in which the programme helps to
prepare students for university-level education.
IB students routinely gain
admission to some of the best-known universities in the
world. Most of these institutions have established
recognition policies for the IB diploma.
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