International Baccalaureate curriculum
International School implements the international curriculum of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme which allows our students to obtain globally recognised IB diplomas and special certificates for individual courses/subjects within this programme.
After completing the first two years of study at International School, students can opt for the IB Diploma programme which comprises Core (compulsory) courses/subjects and 5 groups of elective subjects that students can choose in line with their talents and preferences.
IB Diploma programme comprises two groups of subjects/courses:
Compulsory Core subjects
- CAS – Creativity, activity, service
- TOK – Theory of knowledge
- Extended essay
Groups of elective subjects
- Group 1: Serbian language and literature and English language and literature
- Group 2: B level of English, Spanish, French and German
- Group 3: Biology, chemistry, physics, computer science
- Group 4: Mathematics – analysis and approaches in mathematics
- Group 5: Business management, history, psychology
How to choose IB subjects?
All subjects/courses in the Core programme are compulsory for all students, whereas each student is allowed to choose one subject from each elective group, and a sixth subject from any group.
- In the Theory of knowledge course, students will discuss the nature and essence of knowledge, as well as claims that support their knowledge.
- Extended essay involves independent self-directed research in the form of 4,000-word essays.
- In the Creativity, activity, service course, students implement projects that correlate with some of these concepts.
International School has prepared special groups of subjects in the IB Diploma programme to help students obtain the prestigious IB Diploma, and not just certificates in individual subjects.
Courses in these groups involve a Higher Level (HL) and a Standard Level for each subject/course, so students can choose 3 Higher Level subjects to study in detail, adding another 3 Standard Level subjects to meet the requirements for the diploma, and obtaining comprehensive knowledge. Course load at Sl level is 150 hours, and 240 hours at HL level.
What are the requirements for obtaining an IB Diploma?
Each subject from the group of elective courses in the IB Diploma programme is graded on a scale from 1 to 7 (7 being the highest grade), while Core subjects are graded with letter grades from E to A, which are then transformed into numerical grades in the IB grading system.
Final grades for Extended essay and theory of knowledge are on a scale from 0 to 3, whereas the Creativity, action and service course is not graded, but is nonetheless required for obtaining an IB Diploma, so the maximum number of points a student can score in the IB Diploma programme is 45.
6 elective subjects x 7 points + 3 points (Core subjects) = 45 points
However, to obtain the prestigious IB Diploma, a student must score a minimum of 24 points when all their grades are added up, including a minimum of 12 points in HL subjects, and at least a D in the Core programme.