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Diploma Programme – ages 16-19

The IB Diploma is designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The Diploma Programme (DP) prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society.

Diploma Programme Curriculum

Students choose six courses from six subject groups:

  • Studies in language and literature
  • Language acquisition
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The arts

Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding. Students must also choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from one of the other groups.

DP subjects can be taken at higher level or standard level. At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at higher level, while the other subjects are taken at standard level.

Core elements of the Diploma Programme

DP core elements such as the extended essay and theory of knowledge broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

Extended essay
Requires students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one, or sometimes two, of their DP subjects.

Theory of knowledge
In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing. They develop a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) 

CAS is at the heart of the Diploma Programme. With its holistic approach, CAS is designed to strengthen and extend students' personal and interpersonal learning. At Strothoff International School, students are involved in a wide range of CAS activities both on and off campus; for example volunteering at an Altenheim (Senior Citizens' Home) in the local community, coaching volleyball or learning to play a musical instrument.

Here are the three strands of CAS in some more detail:

Creativity—exploring and extending artistic skills and creative ideas.

Activity—physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle.

Service—collaborative engagement with the community in response to an authentic need.


For more information, please take a look at our Strothoff International School's CAS Handbook

IB DP Results 2017 

In May 2017, Strothoff International School DP students averaged 32 points, well above world average of 30. More significantly, 100% of our IB Diploma candidates passed their exams, a rare achievement for international schools and not matched by the other international schools in the region. This accomplishment highlights the supportive learning environment in our inclusive school.

School statistics summary:

Number of IB Diploma Candidates:   20
IB Diploma exam pass rate:   100 %
Worldwide average pass rate:   79 %
Strothoff International School average IB Diploma score:   32
Worldwide average IB Diploma score:   30

For further information please contact:

Sergio Chiri, DP Coordinator

Ian Hayes, DP CAS Coordinator

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