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Strothoff International School offers its own diploma, recognized as an official school leaving certificate by universities around the world due to our accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Council for International Schools (CIS). The High School Diploma Programme (HSDP) is a rigorous programme of study, with minimum credit requirements in all standard disciplines. However, the assessments in the courses focus less on exams, offering a wide variety of assessment formats to enable students with diverse abilities to develop and demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills.
Students selecting the HSDP work with the Diploma Coordinator to construct a programme of study that meets the credit requirements and pushes the student to achieve as much as possible. It is possible in the HSDP to take some IB Standard Level courses and receive IB certificates upon completion of IB exams. Additionally, HSDP students complete Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) requirements, as in the other two Diploma options.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a challenging, two-year course of study that culminates in global, standardised examinations. The IB Diploma is widely recognized and valued at leading universities around the world.
Students take courses in two languages, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and an elective (arts or a third course from the other subject areas). Three courses are taken at higher level, with more hours studied and longer examinations, and three courses are taken at standard level.
In addition, students complete a core component consisting of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) requirements, a course in Theory of Knowledge (ToK) and a 4,000 word Extended Essay.
To enter the IBDP at Strothoff International School, students have to demonstrate academic maturity and a high level of skills. Thus, there are Grade 10 / MYP5 grade requirements to enter the IBDP.
Students who take certain courses and achieve certain exam scores can have their International Baccalaureate Diploma recognized as equivalent to the German Abitur. Details about the German recognition of the IB Diploma can be found at the website for Hessen’s Kultusministerium. Other than the course selection, the Abi-IBDP programme is the same as the IBDP.
Please consult the Grade 10 / MYP5 grade requirements to see about entry qualifications. Due to the Abitur requirement of Mathematics or a Science at higher level, it is somewhat more difficult to enter and pursue the Abi-IBDP than the IBDP.
Strothoff International School has three options for students to complete their secondary education: the High School Diploma Programme (HSDP), the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and the Abitur-Equivalent International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Abi-IBDP). All three programmes begin with the same programme in MYP4 and MYP5; the differentiation occurs in the final two years of schooling. All three programmes prepare students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society.
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
Laura Hartel, DP Coordinator