What is DP?
Created in 1968, The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a demanding curriculum that spans over two years and is primarily intended for students aged from 16 to 19 years. It leads to the granting of a degree widely recognized by the most prestigious universities in the world.
During the two years of the programme, our students study six subjects chosen from six different subject groups, produce an Extended Essay, attend a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class, and participate in an extra-curricular program called « Creativity, Action, Service » (CAS).
Three of the six subjects must be studied at Higher Level (four maximum) (240 hours of study per course). The other three subjects (two minimum) must be studied at Standard Level (150 hours of study per course).
The Diploma assessment is a rigorous assessment, seeking to measure the acquisition of academic skills, but also the development of an international outlook and intercultural skills.
The extended essay
The extended essay is a part of the core as well as the CAS activity and theory of knowledge of the International Baccalaureate. This is a work of analysis, synthesis and argumentation about a specific topic for which students must write 4,000 words.
The extended essay allows them to explore a particular topic of interest and to become familiar with the kind of independent research and writing skills required at university level. The memory is usually done in one of six subjects studied by the student for the IB diploma but if added about three additional possibilities: the human rights , politics, and world religions.
CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service)
The Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) component occupies a central place in the IB Diploma Programme. It is one of the three essential elements of the student curriculum. The three components of the CAS program are often linked to specific experiences and can be characterized as follows:
Creativity : art and other activities involving creative thinking
Activity: physical effort that contributes to a healthy lifestyle and complements schoolwork done in the other disciplines of the Diploma Programme.
Service: voluntary and unpaid, it is a beneficial exchange for the student from a learning point of view.
CAS experiences underline the importance of life outside of the classroom. They encourage students to share their energy and talents with others: for example, taking part in a theatrical or musical production, in sporting activities or in community service.
The CAS experiences formally begin in the first year of the Diploma Programme andcontinues regularly for at least 18 months. A balance must be maintained between creativity, activity and service.
The CAS also requires that students complete a CAS project for a minimum of one month duration. During this project, students must demonstrate initiative, perseverance and develop skills such as collaboration, problem solving and decision making.
So that our students can develop themselves, CAS includes:
CAS is conducive to the development of many qualities described in the IB learner profile. For this reason, the global objectives of the CAS experiences have been designed to highlight their links with the IB learner profile.
The IB diploma requires the successful completion of the CAS experiences by achieving the seven learning outcomes.
Every year our students pass their IB exams in May whose excellent results appear in July.
Indeed, in May 2015, our average grade was 32 which was higher than the world average (30.20).
Our highest score was 43, knowing that the maximum score a student can receive is 45. This demonstrates the great level of our students.
Also they presented 29 different options, most of which were above the world average.
With these excellent results, our students were able to enter the best and most prestigious universities in the world.
THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
In order to allow the students to step back and examine their knowledge and its acquisition methods, the IB has placed the TOK at the heart of the Diploma Programme. In fact, more than being just a component of the IB core validated by a 1600 words essay and an oral presentation, the TOK with its interdisciplinary character creates a link between the different knowledge domains and awakens the students to the processes leading them to “know”. The TOK expects the students to construct their personal reflections based mainly on the following two questions: “Who am I? How do I know this?”.
The TOK course alternates the setting up of debates and activities on smaller scales, and the organization of conferences in which teachers, guest speakers and all students participate to discuss various issues/questions such as:
- How does the knowledge of history help us understand the present?
- Is art a lie that tells the truth?
- Do emotions conflict with reason?
- Do experimental sciences and art raise ethical questions?
Since 2009, Oasis International School has set up a program named “Passerelle”. It is an internship program, intended for our students of C5, D1 and D2 who would like to have the opportunity to become more familiar with a range of careers and to verify how theoretical knowledge is applied in the world of the work.
The program offered to the students is personalized and adapted to each student by a team consisting of representatives of the host company and by the coordinator of the school project.
The partners who have positively answered to our request since 2009:
The work experiences of our students as well as our partners' testimonials demonstrated that the host companies were very satisfied. Moreover some of them did not hesitate to offer job opportunities to our students after their university studies.
|Group 1: Studies in language and literature||French A literature
English A literature
Arabic A literature
French A language and literature
English A language and,literature
|Group,2: Language acquisition||French B
Spanish ab initio
|Group,3: Individuals,and societies||Business management
|Group 5: Mathematics||Mathematical studies standard level
Mathematics higher level
|Group 6:The arts||Theatre
What is DP ?
The extended essay
Theory of knowledge
DP Subject choices
Mme Fatma Hussein, Coordinatrice du DP
- Programme PYP
- Visual Arts
- Opera party
- Programme DP
- Graduate Students