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DIPLOMA PROGRAMME (DP)

As a high school degree, GPIS offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Why IB?

The IB has many advantages over other certificates:

  • It has earned worldwide recognition as the best preparation to university studies since it develops the learning and study skills required for college-level studies.
  • It has a varied, challenging and rigorous curriculum which is widely regarded as equivalent to freshman-level (first year) university material. The DP curriculum also focuses on research, personal and presentation skills in its core requirements: the extended essay, the theory of knowledge course and the CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) requirements.
  • It is truly international in the sense that it does not pertain to a particular country, language or culture but strives to preserve the student’s own. For instance, the IBO offers over 80 different A1 language subjects to suit the various mother tongues of its students. All other subjects are offered in English, French and Spanish.

IB Diploma Hexagon (Curriculum) The curriculum contains six subject groups together with a core made up of three separate parts.»This is illustrated by a hexagon with the three parts of the core at its centre.»Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups. Normally three subjects are studied at higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours), and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (courses representing 150 teaching hours).»All three parts of the core—extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action, service—are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme. - from the IBO website

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Core

The three core requirements are:

  • Extended essay: The extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.
  • Theory of knowledge (TOK): The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
  • Creativity, action, service (CAS): Participation in the school’s CAS programme encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work, thus fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena. -from the IBO website.

 

Subjects offered by GPIS

Each year, the school surveys its prospective IB students for their future choices of IB subjects and takes that into account when selecting subjects for the next year.

Over the years, the following subjects have been offered by the school:

Arabic A1 HL/SL?

English A2 SL -not offered this year

English B HL/SL Italian ab initio -not offered this year?

Business and management HL/SL

Economics HL/SL?

Physics HL/SL

Chemistry HL/SL

Biology HL/SL

Mathematics HL/SL

Mathematics Studies SL

The language of instruction of these subjects is also determined through surveying.?

Grading system in IBDP

Each subject is graded out of 7 and each student chooses 6 subjects which brings the highest total of points scored on subjects to 42. The grades of the extended essay and the theory of knowledge course are then combined to give a score out of 3 extra points. Thus, the highest possible grade for an IB student is 45.

University Recognition

The IB diploma is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.

The IB works closely with universities in all regions of the world to gain recognition for the IB diploma.

To aid this process, university admissions officers and government officials have direct online access to all syllabuses and recent examinations. To assist IB diploma students in making appropriate choices, the organization holds a database containing contact details of universities around the world together with up-to-date information about their requirements for admission. Students applying to a particular university may also grant permission for their grades to be accessed directly from the IB’s secure website. - from IBO website [ http://ibo.org/diploma/ ]

In Egypt, the IB diploma is recognized by the Supreme Council of Universities. The requirements for entry into Egyptian universities are the award of the diploma with passing grades in Physics HL and Mathematics HL for engineering

students and also passing grades in Chemistry HL and Biology HL for medical students.There are no specific subject requirements for other students.

Scholarships offered to IB graduates

A large number of scholarships is offered to IB students in universities worldwide, a list of these universities can be found here [ http://www.ibo.org/diploma/recognition/scholarships/ ].

IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. IB learners strive to be:

  • Inquirers: They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
  • Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
  • Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
  • Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
  • Open-minded: They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
  • Caring: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
  • Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
  • Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
  • Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development. - from the IBO Guide to the IB Learner Profile [http://ibo.org/programmes/profile/documents/Learnerprofileguide.pdf ]

IB Results

Last May, GPIS celebrated the graduation of its third class of IB students (May 2009 session). The results of this class were impressive and reflect the amount of effort exerted by the students throughout the two years of the programme as well as that of the entire DP department. The links below will redirect you to the results announcements for the past classes:?

DP Students’ Training Sessions

As of this year, MYP and DP students will be attending regular student training sessions that will aim to develop their skills in many different respects but especially those related to their learning. The following gives a list of the tra

ining students will receive:

Titles of DP sessions:

  • Smart studying
  • Time management
  • Discover yourself (learning styles, multiple intelligence, thinking skills)
  • Avoiding procrastination
  • Self Leadership + motivation
  • Academic writing
  • Taking effective notes
  • Research skills:

How to organize your work with the extended essay?

Citing sources using APA style.

How to write a research question?

Writing your extended essay.

How to paraphrase and summarize information?

 



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