The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Davy College (DC):


The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year curriculum leading to examinations for students aged between 16 and 19. Based on the educational structure of no single country, it is a deliberate compromise between the specialization required in some national systems and the breadth preferred in others. The general objectives of the IB are to provide students with a balanced education, to facilitate geographic and cultural mobility, and to promote international understanding through a shared academic experience. It is highly valued as a preparation for university studies and is an important factor in admissions to selective universities around the world. – International Baccalaureate Organization.

In 2014, DC chose to offer began offering all its students, the IB Diploma Program, as the only program, for the last two school years. Families have the right to decide whether they will have their child officially registered or not, - as registration fees are assumed by each family - to a full IB Diploma accreditation, upon the completion of the assessment (internal and external) requirements, at the end of the program’s second year.

A full Diploma student chooses six academic subjects, three of which must be at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. Students must also complete the core elements; a 4000 research paper (the Extended Essay or EE), which allows them to engage in independent research through in-depth study of a question related to one of the DP subjects they are studying; a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, which develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines, through critical thinking the students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction; and participate in Creativity, Activity & Service (CAS), which enhances students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning; throughout the two years. Students take written examinations at the end of the program, which are externally marked by IB examiners. Students also complete internal assessment tasks, which are initially marked by their teachers and the externally moderated or sent to external examiners.  Each of the six subjects is then marked on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum) giving a total of 42 subject points. Three extra points can be obtained from a combination of the TOK essay/presentation and the EE. The maximum score for an IB Diploma is 45 points. In general, the award of the Diploma requires a minimum overall total of 24 points plus the satisfactory completion of the core requirements. – International Baccalaureate Organization.

DC has chosen the IB Diploma Program as it is a challenging course of study that allows all students, to be highly prepared for the university life, besides fulfilling entrance needs to any university in the world of their choice, or enhancing their chances of acceptance through good grades in the IB Diploma.

Students are expected to be in good academic standing (both academic and effort grades) before starting and during the IB program and they must be willing to work hard and organize their time effectively.

While students may attend DC for only the two years of the IB diploma program, it is highly recommended that students attend DC for at least one year before starting the program.

During Grade 9, the DP Coordinator introduces the program to students. They are asked to complete an application form using the information contained in this document, and a list of the possible choice of subjects, plus an interview with the IB Coordinator. Their current teachers are asked to comment on their course choices and suitability for the program. Any new students joining DC will be asked to complete an English proficiency test as part of their general application.

Which subjects can I choose in each group?

Group 1: Spanish A – Language & Literature HL; English A – Language & Literature HL

Group 2: English B HL; or English ab Initio SL

Group 3: History HL/SL (either in Spanish or in English)

Group 4: Biology HL/SL (either in Spanish or in English); or Physics SL in Spanish

Group 5: Mathematics SL in Spanish

Group 6: Visual Arts HL in Spanish; Chemistry SL in Spanish; ITGS HL/SL in Spanish; French ab Initio SL