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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 2016 

The May 2016 session showcases a world average diploma score of 30 points (of 45 possible maximum). In 2016, our DP students scored above the World Average. "We are clearly headed in a positive direction, and I congratulate the students and Faculty on this achievement", says former DP Coordinator David van Wyk.

School statistics summary:

Number of diploma candidates registered in the session   16
Number of candidates who passed the diploma   14
Average points obtained by candidates who passed the diploma   31
Highest diploma points awarded to a candidate   37
Average grade obtained at the school by candidates who passed the diploma   4.95

For further information please contact:

Sergio Chiri, DP Coordinator

Jeremy Prichard, CAS Coordinator

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