International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Current information for students and parents is to be found here
General information of the DP at the ISG:
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a two-year pre-university course, leading up to the IB-diploma, which is the only secondary-school diploma to provide a worldwide university admission. The DP course at the International School is supervised by Joke Jansma (Deputy Head - Diploma Programme).
DP students choose six subjects in which they will sit their examinations.
Students select one subject from groups I to V and their sixth subject from groups I, II, II, IV or VI. Three of the subjects are taken at Higher Level (H), the other three at Standard level (S). Certain combinations of subjects are sometimes impossible owing to timetable restrictions.
They have options from the following six groups:
I. Language A
* English (options currently include only the 'Language & Literature' course) (H & S)
* Dutch (options currently include only the 'Literature' course) (H & S)
II. Language B
* English (H & S)
* French (S)
* Dutch (H & S)
III. Individuals & Society
* History (H & S)
* Economics (H & S)
* Geography (H & S) - due to low student numbers Geography is no longer offered
IV. Experimental Sciences
* Biology (H & S)
* Chemistry (H & S)
* Physics (H & S)
* Maths. (H & S)
* Mathematical Studies
VI. The Arts
* Visual Arts (H & S)
For more details of the curriculum offered please click here
If a student's native language is not offered in our school, students must take their native language (at standard level only) as a self-taught subject. In this case the parents pay for the extra tuition. The school will mediate in finding and providing information specific to the DP to private tutors. Dutch nationals coming to the DP from a Dutch educational programme, such as Havo 5 or VWO(TTO)4 are obliged to take Dutch A as a subject.
In addition to the six selected academic subjects students must also:
* attend and pass a two-year course in Theory of Knowledge
* submit an Extended Essay of 4000 words
* participate in 150 to 200 hours of CAS activities.
All DP1 and DP2 students have their lessons in the Esserberg villa as well as classrooms in the Maartenscollege. For Science and Visual Arts they make use of the excellent facilities provided by the Maartenscollege.
DP after TTO4 or MYP5? Please click here for specific information from the recent presentation evenings.
If students wish to enter the DP after the MYP programme or an equivalent course, they will need a certain minimum number of points (see here) in the subjects they wish to take. Where a student has covered the final two years of the MYP programme the MYP certificate is also required.
Students from other schools will be required to provide teacher references, full school reports and they will also need to take entrance tests. For students from the MYP programme in other schools the standards shown above are also applicable, however entrance tests will still be required.
Guidance and Assessment
Students take tests for all their subjects at regular intervals during the two-year DP-course. Progress checks for both DP1 and DP2 are held six weeks after the start of the school year. Their aim is to establish the students' progress and development. Reports, including grades and comments from subject teachers and the mentor, are issued three times in DP1 and twice in DP2. At the end of DP1 there is a test week.
All grades and results are recorded in our web based reporting and recording system: Managebac. For further instruction and help see our dedicated Managebac webpage here.
Promotion to DP2
The final report in the DP1 year decides whether students are promoted to DP2. For this promotion a minimum of 24 points taken from the total report grades of the student’s examination subjects is required. In addition, students must achieve a minimum grade D in their TOK assessment. In addition to this students also have to meet all deadlines for their subjects and the Extended Essay, to show that they have satisfactorily completed the DP1 course.
Students who take a Language A self-taught, for which no report grades are given (instead of a Language A taught in school), need a minimum of 20 points to pass the year.
In DP2 Mock Exams are held in the Spring Term to prepare the students for the final examinations and to revise the examination material for each subject.
The school has a Careers Counsellor who advises the students as to their career possibilities and provides information regarding higher education. See the link here for further information.
The Final Examination
The DP examination largely consists of a written part, to be taken in the second year of the programme during the first three weeks of May. This written examination forms the main component of the final grade for each subject. For all subjects the students also do internally assessed work. Depending on the subject, this will take the form of essays, laboratory reports, project reports or oral assessment. Internally assessed work contributes a minimum of 20% to the final grade.
Grades are given on a scale from 1 to 7, 4 being the lowest passing grade. In order to pass, the student therefore requires 24 points.
All examinations and external assessment are corrected and moderated by external examiners selected and approved by the IBO.
Number of Candidates
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Information for current students can be found here