The International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate

11 and 12 Grades Program

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) defines the curriculum in the 11th and 12th grades. The IB is a rigorous and comprehensive course of study designed to promote international understanding and give students a broad preparation for university studies. Students have a wide range of course options and activity opportunities to develop their own personal skills and academic knowledge. All students who finish our 12th grade also receive an American High School Diploma as they fulfill the basic required coursework.

HS Program of Studies

International Baccalaureate Program

The IBDP is a two-year program and is offered to qualified students entering grade eleven. In order to obtain the IB Diploma, students must:

  • Take at least one course from each of the six groups below. If a student chooses not to study the arts (group 6) then s/he may choose a second course from groups 3 or 4. Three of the courses must be taken at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL).

  • Meet personal learning objectives in the areas of Creativity, Action and Service.

  • Complete an Extended Essay.

  • Complete an additional course, Theory of Knowledge.

At ASB, we offer the following IB courses, all at both Standard and Higher Level (unless otherwise noted). See Subjects Offered below.

Subjects Offered

IB Additional Course Requirements

Why the IB Program (IBDP)

  • Course content in the IBDP emphasizes both breadth and depth of knowledge; teaching and assessments encourage students to think critically and problem-solve, leading towards individual responsibility in learning.

  • The IBDP is especially suited for international schools, yet it has grown in popularity in public and private schools around the world (including the USA, where the program shows the fastest growth).

  • IBDP students graduate with knowledge in at least two languages and are often bi- or multi-lingual. They also have an awareness of a global society necessary for success in the 21st century.

  • The IBDP is excellent preparation for entrance (and success at) the best universities in Spain, North America and Europe.