The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) 

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme offers Grade 11 and 12 students a challenging and rewarding two-year pre-university academic experience that leads to one of the most widely recognized external qualifications in the world. Mont'Kiara International School (M’KIS) recognizes the IB Programme as fully consistent with our school mission and ethos. The program offers students the choice of taking the full IB Diploma Programme or individual IB Courses.

The aims of the program are to:

  • Provide an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepare students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. 
  • Encourage international-mindedness in students starting with a foundation in language and culture. 
  • Educate the whole person emphasizing intellectual, physical, emotional, personal, and ethical growth. 
  • Develop inquiry and thinking skills and the capacity to reflect upon and to evaluate actions critically. 
By focusing on the dynamic combination of knowledge, skills, independent critical and creative thought and international-mindedness, the IB espouses the principle of educating the whole person for a life of active, responsible citizenship. (IB Mission Statement)

To learn more about our High School, explore our High School Profile, which contains information about our class sizes, faculty, the IB Diploma Programme classes, extra-curricular activities, university acceptances, and much more.

For more information, please visit the “What is the DP?” page on the IB website for great research findings and statistics, advice, and guidance about the IB Diploma Programme.

Core Requirements

In addition, the IB Diploma Programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the student’s educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and understanding.

The Extended Essay (EE) is a 4000 word research essay on a focused topic, normally from one of the student’s six chosen subjects for the IB Diploma. It is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity leading to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing.

Students commence work on their extended essay in December of their Grade 11 year and submit the final essay in November of their Grade 12 year.

Theory of Knowledge (ToK) is a course designed to develop each student’s critical thinking skills by reflecting on the nature of knowledge and by examining different ways of knowing and different kinds of knowledge. ToK asks students to consider how we know what we know and how different perspectives might accept or assess knowledge differently.

ToK is offered as a timetabled class during the first three quarters of both Grade 11 and Grade 12

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) involves students in a range of experiences alongside their academic studies. The three strands of CAS are often interwoven and can be characterized as:

Creativity: exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product of performance
Activity: physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
Service: collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need
CAS should be both challenging and enjoyable, a personal journey of self-discovery.

Students not taking the full Diploma have the option of taking any of EE, TOK or CAS.

Students taking the Diploma Programme are also scheduled into Core Block. During these classroom sessions, students are provided with the time, support, and resources to help them successfully manage the requirements of the DP Core. There are also college applications workshops and social/emotional counselling sessions on offer during Core Block. Core Block is scheduled once every six day cycle for the first three quarters, and every second day in quarter four of both Grade 11 and Grade 12.

IB Learner Profile 

The International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.

They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.

Each of the IB's programmes is committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile.

The profile aims to develop learners who are:

  • Inquirers 
  • Knowledgeable 
  • Thinkers 
  • Communicators 
  • Principled 
  • Open-minded 
  • Caring 
  • Risk-takers 
  • Balanced 
  • Reflective  

IB Learner Profile Poster


Students take final written examinations in May of their Grade 12 year. These are marked by external IB examiners. In class students complete internal assessment tasks over the two years of the Program. These are marked by teachers and then moderated by, or sent directly to, external examiners.

The grade awarded for each course ranges from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest).

Diploma students will be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results in the EE and TOK.

The Diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to minimum levels of performance (see below) and satisfactorily participation in CAS. The highest point score that a Diploma Program student can be awarded is 45 points.

Minimum levels of performance for the IB Diploma

  • No N (incomplete) has been awarded 
  • No Grade E has been awarded for either theory of knowledge or the extended essay. 
  • No Grade 1 awarded in subject/level 
  • Grade 2 has not been awarded three or more times 
  • Grade 3 or below has not awarded four or more times 
  • Candidate has gained at least 12 point on HL subjects 
  • Candidate has gained at least 9 point on SL subjects 
  • Final IB results information is posted online in the July of the second year.

IB Transfer Students

M’KIS accepts IB transfer students who have started the IB Diploma Programme at another school provided their selected courses match our course offerings and timetable. This compatibility should be discussed prior to enrolment at M’KIS.