International Baccalaureate Diploma
Students can take a variety of paths to obtain the diploma. Cynthia Ballheim, IB teacher coordinator, will help each interested student plan their path. Diploma students will take external and internal exams in six subject areas. Internal exams are scored by UA teachers, while external exams are scored by IB teachers from around the world.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the six core subject areas, students must also take a course called Theory of Knowledge, write an Extended Essay (similar to our current Capstone requirement) and participate in 150 hours of activities centering on creativity, action, and service (CAS).
Classroom teachers and IB examiners work in partnership to ensure that students have ample opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. Grades reflect attainment of knowledge and skills relative to set standards applied equally to all IB schools. Top grades are not, for example, awarded to a certain percentage of students.
Responsibility for all academic judgments about the quality of candidates’ work rests with some 4,400 IB examiners worldwide, led by chief examiners with international authority in their fields. Each year approximately 80% of candidates who attempt the diploma succeed in earning it. Examinations are offered in May and internal assessments will be ongoing.