International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
IB Diploma Overview
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program 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 Program as fully consistent with our school mission and ethos. Coordinated by the International Baccalaureate Organization based in Switzerland, the program offers students the choice of taking the full IB Diploma 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)
For more information, please visit the “Information for Parents” page on the IB website for great research findings and statistics, advice, and guidance about the IB Diploma Programme.
At M’KIS we offer the following IB courses:
Group 1: English Literature HL, English Literature SL, English Language and Literature HL, English Language and Literature SL
Group 2: French HL, French SL, Malay Ab Initio SL ,Chinese B HL, Chinese B SL, Spanish B HL Spanish B SL, Spanish Ab Initio SL
Group 3: Business Management HL, Business Management SL, Economics HL, Economics SL, Geography HL, Geography SL, History HL, History SL, Psychology HL, Psychology SL
Group 4: Biology HL, Biology SL, Chemistry HL, Chemistry SL, Computer Science HL, Computer Science SL, Physics HL, Physics SL
Group 5: Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL, Math Studies SL
Group 6: Dance HL, Dance SL, Music HL, Music SL, Theatre HL, Theatre SL, Visual Arts HL, Visual Arts SL
IB Diploma candidates must choose one course from each group. It is possible to replace the group 6 course with a second course from groups 1-4. IB courses are offered at either Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL). Diploma Program candidates choose 3 HL and 3 SL courses.
In addition the Diploma Program 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 an in-depth study of 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 of 3500-4000 words.
Students commence work on their extended essay in October 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 encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing and different kinds of knowledge.
TOK occurs in the second semester of Grade 11 and the first semester of Grade 12
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities 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 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 Program at another school provided their selected courses match our course offerings and timetable. This compatibility should be discussed prior to enrolment at M’KIS.