The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), is a recognized leader in the field of international education. It is a non-profit, mission-driven foundation that works with 2,600 schools (April 2009). Students are taught to be active learners, well-rounded individuals and engaged citizens, who gain practical experience of being part of an international community.
The IBO’s Diploma Program (DP) was created in 1968. It is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to examinations. It is designed for highly motivated secondary school students aged 16 to 19. The program has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities. The DP’s grading system is criterion-referenced, which means that each student’s performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement. It generally allows students to fulfill the requirements of their national or state education systems. The DP incorporates the best elements of national systems, without being based on any one.
The Diploma Program is a comprehensive two-year international curriculum that consists of six highly integrated subject areas (First Language, Second Language, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, and the Arts) and three anchoring concepts (Theory of knowledge, Creativity action and Service, and the Extended Essay). The International Baccalaureate Organization aims not only to deliver a well-rounded, rigorous curriculum but also to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
Diploma Program Course Offerings at MacDowell Montessori
English A1 (Higher Level/Group 1)
Spanish Ab Initio (Standard Level/Group 2)
History of Americas (Higher Level/Group 3)
IB Biology (Standard Level/Group 4)
Math Studies (Standard Level/Group 5)
Visual Art (Higher Level/Group 6)
Theory of Knowledge (Core Requirement)
Creativity, Action, Service (Core Requirement)
Extended Essay (Core Requirement)