Introduction to the Diploma Programme

During students 11th and 12th grade years, all Clinton students are expected to enter IB Courses.

The Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay.  It is expected that every student chooses and is enrolled in one course from each subject group while also engaging in the DP core.

Through the Diploma Programme (DP) core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.  TOK is completed as a class, while CAS and the extended essay are completed outside of scheduled classes with the support of Clinton staff members.

To better support your understanding of the courses, we encourage you to click on the links below – read the subject briefs and watch the short video course descriptions from some of our IB teachers.  Please note that teacher videos are not an indication of who will teach that course in a given year.

During the course selection process, students will preference one subject from each group.

Group 1: Studies in language and literature

Language & Literature Standard Level and Language & Literature Higher Level (co-programmed)

Group 2: Language acquisition

Spanish ab Initio Standard Level

Group 3: Individuals and societies

Global Politics Standard Level and Global Politics Higher Level (co-programmed)

History Standard Level and Higher Level

Group 4: Sciences

Biology Standard Level and Biology Higher Level

Group 5: Mathematics

Math: Applications and Interpretations Standard Level

Math: Analysis and approaches Standard Level and Math Analysis Higher Level (co-programmed for first year)

Group 6: The arts

Visual Arts Standard Level and Visual Arts Higher Level (co-programmed)

Film Standard Level and Film Higher Level (co-programmed)

Core: Theory of knowledge, the extended essay and creativity, activity, service

Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.

The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.

Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.