Diploma Programme (DP)

The International 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 internationally-minded.

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 and culture
  • Develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures

The 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.


Students 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:


For more information on the IB diploma programme and subjects offered by ALS please refer to this document:

IB diploma programme handbook.

University recognition

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.

Useful website: http://ibo.org/diploma/recognition/directory/

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