IB - DIPLOMA
Kohinoor American School is an authorized IB School offering the Diploma Programme and these are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging and international education.The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
Through the Diploma Programme, the students:
- study at least two languages,
- excel in traditional academic subjects and
- explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course.
The DP curriculum prepares students for success at university and life beyond by providing them with skills and values to overcome challenges that occur in today’s complex, dynamic world.
The DP curriculum is made up six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay. Through the DP core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.
The two-year programme consists of six subject groups:
- Group 1 - Studies in Language and Literature
- Group 2 - Language Acquisition
- Group 3 - Individuals and Societies
- Group 4 - Sciences
- Group 5 - Mathematics
- Group 6 - The Arts
The three core elements are:
- Theory of knowledge, in which, students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
- The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
- Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.
Students take three subjects at higher level (HL) and three at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.
Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level.Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.
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DP assessment procedures measure the extent to which students have mastered advanced academic skills in fulfilling these goals:
- analysing and presenting information
- evaluating and constructing arguments
- solving problems creatively
Basic skills are also assessed, including:
- retaining knowledge
- understanding key concepts
- applying standard methods
In addition to academic skills, DP assessment encourages an international outlook and intercultural skills, wherever appropriate. Student results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student's position in the overall rank order.
Examinations form the basis of the assessment for most courses. This is because of their high levels of objectivity and reliability. They include:
- structured problems
- short-response questions
- data-response questions
- text-response questions
- case-study questions
- multiple-choice questions
Teacher assessment is also used for most courses.They include:
- oral work in languages
- fieldwork in geography
- laboratory work in the sciences
- investigations in mathematics
- artistic performances