International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) is a challenging and stimulating two-year curriculum (Grades 11 and 12) emphasizing critical thinking, multi-disciplinary learning and inter-cultural understanding. The IBDP curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. It is an academically challenging and rigorous program of education that aims to nurture independent, life-long learners who are prepared for success at university and beyond. The IBDP has gained recognition from the world’s leading universities.
International Baccalaureate (IB) at BFIS
Students select 6 courses from the following subject groups to fulfill both BFIS graduation requirements and IBDP requirements. Counselors and the IBDP Coordinator are available to assist students with these choices.
GROUP 1 – Language and Literature
- English A Language & Literature SL/HL (First assessments for SL and HL - 2021)
- Spanish A Language & Literature SL/HL (First assessments for SL and HL - 2021)
GROUP 2 – Language Acquisition
- English B HL (Language B - First assessment 2020)
- Spanish B SL/HL (Language B - First assessment 2020)
- Spanish ab initio SL (Language ab initio - First assessment 2020)
- French B SL/HL (Language B - First assessment 2020)
GROUP 3 – Individuals & Societies
- Economics SL (First assessments 2022—last assessments 2029) (First assessments 2013—last assessments 2023)
- Economics HL (First assessments 2022—last assessments 2029) (First assessments 2013—last assessments 2019)
- Global Politics SL/HL
- Psychology SL/HL
- History SL/HL
GROUP 4 – Sciences
- Biology SL/HL
- Chemistry SL/HL
- Physics SL/HL
- Environmental Systems and Societies SL
- Computer Science SL/HL
GROUP 5 – Mathematics
GROUP 6 – The Arts
Please take a look at the IB Resource Library under "DP subject briefs" for more information on IBDP courses.
In addition to the six subject choices, all students must complete the DP Core (CAS – Theory of Knowledge – Extended Essay). These three parts make up the DP Core of the IBDP, acting as a bridge between the subject areas and the real-world.
This is a major part of the IBDP. Students who hope to achieve an IBDP diploma will be expected to be involved in CAS activities for the equivalent of at least three hours each week during the two years of the program. CAS requires students to take part in a range of experiences and at least one project. These should involve:
- real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes
- personal challenge
- thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress, reporting
- reflection on outcomes and personal learning
All students should be involved in activities they've initiated themselves.
Theory of knowledge (TOK) plays a special role in the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), by providing an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. It looks at how students learn through different ways of knowing: perception, emotion, language and reason, and applies this to the different areas of knowledge such as mathematics, the arts, science, etc. This is a class scheduled to meet twice a week over the two years of the IBDP program.
The Extended Essay is a research-based paper written by the student independently with the support of an advisor in the field of research. Students will select a research topic in the winter of year 1 of the program (their Grade 11) and will complete the project in the fall of year 2 (their Grade 12). It is an opportunity to explore more deeply a topic of great interest to the student, opportunities that are rare in the traditional classroom setting.
For students attending university in a specific list of countries, or who may require professional recognition in those countries in the future, it is mandated that their IBDP Results Certificate be legalized (apostilled) in Geneva. This list is provided by the IB each year and students have been notified of this and given instructions to complete a request, if required.
The IB charges a fee for this service to be paid in the Business Office by June 1st. The documents will be received in August or September, after the issue of the IBDP results in July, and students will be notified when they are ready for collection.
Information on the timeline and process in July can be found below:
Please note the following instructions from the IB:
- Coordinators must inform candidates that the IB will not issue results to or discuss results with candidates, their legal guardian(s) or representative(s).
- The IBDP Coordinator is the intermediary for any communication with the IB.
- Results are not issued to IBDP coordinators or any other person by telephone.
CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development by learning through experience.
It provides opportunities for self-determination and collaboration with others, fostering a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from their work. Our CAS program is both challenging and enjoyable- a personal journey of self-discovery.