International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum

International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum

The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers a continuum of international education. The programs encourage both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.

In order to teach IB programs, schools must be authorized by the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization).

Key Features

  • Primary Years Program (PYP) Ages 3-12: KG – Grade 6
  • Middle Years Program (MYP) Ages 11-16: Grade 7 - 10
  • Diploma Program (DP) Ages 16-19: Grade 11-12/Year 12-13

Graduation Requirements

Externally assessed coursework, completed by students over an extended period under authenticated teacher supervision, forms part of the assessment for several program areas, including the Theory of knowledge (TOK), Essay and the Extended Essay (EE).

In the Diploma Program (DP), students receive grades ranging from 7 to 1, with 7 being highest. Students receive a grade for each DP course attempted.

A student’s final Diploma result score is made up of the combined scores for each subject. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance including successful completion of the three essential elements of the DP core.

How does a student achieve the Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma (Equivalency)?

In order for International Baccalaureate curriculum schools to issue certificates the following conditions of equivalency apply:

  1. The school has to obtain recognition from the International Baccalaureate (IB) – formerly the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
  2. Students have to successfully pass six (6) subjects (three (3) of ordinary level and three (3) of advanced level), and the total of points has to be no less than (24) points (Arabic Language and Islamic Studies shall not be included in these subjects.)
  3. The school has to abide by the curriculum and conditions defined through which students become qualified and eligible to be conferred with the final certificate (diploma.)
  4. Pass the UAE Ministry of Education Arabic Studies exam in Grade 12/Year 12. This can be taken as either Native Arabic Studies (for students of Arab Nationality as shown on their passport) or as Non-Native Arabic Studies (for students of non-Arab Nationality as shown on their passport).
  5. Pass the UAE Ministry of Education Islamic Studies (Muslim Students only) exam in Grade 12/Year 12. This can be taken as either Native Islamic Studies (for students of Arab Nationality as shown on their passport) or as Non-Native Islamic Studies (for students of non-Arab Nationality as shown on their passport).