International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


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International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Dear Parents and Students,

Over the past six years, the Advanced Learning School (ALS) has successfully implemented the IB Diploma Programme standard.
This handbook is a guide for students and parents to learn more about the IB Diploma Programme including:

  1. Description of IB Curriculum

  2. Advantages of the IB Programme

  3. Subject description.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Good luck to all our students.

Emilie Bateson

IB Diploma Programme Coordinator

Advanced Learning Schools

P.O. Box 221985

Riyadh 11311

Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966 1 207-0926 Ext.: 133

Fax: +966 1 207-0927


IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The IB Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.

Students learn more than a collection of facts. The Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to:

  • ask challenging questions

  • learn how to learn

  • develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture

  • develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.

The IB Diploma Programme is unique because

  • it is a world-recognized qualification

  • it has a comprehensive and balanced curriculum with rigorous assessments

  • it is a symbol of academic excellence

Why Do College Decision Makers Select IB Graduates?
“IB is well known to us as excellent preparation. Success in an IB programme correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript.”
Marilyn Mc Graff Lewis

Assistant Dean of Admissions

Harvard University
“We have found these [IB] students to be excellent additions to the Notre Dame community. Both in the classroom and in campus life, they have demonstrated their ability to be active learners.”
Daniel J. Saracino

Assistant Provost for Enrollment

Notre Dame University
“One of the advantages of an IB curriculum is its structure and quality. It is a coordinated

programme, … well known and respected. We know the quality of IB courses, and we think the IB curriculum is terrific.”

Christoph Guttentag

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Duke University

Survey says IB diploma increases admission rates at top colleges.
According to a recent survey from the International Baccalaureate North America (IBNA), top universities continue to report that they accept students with IB diplomas at a higher rate than other applicants.


Average percentage

accepted from all

students who apply

Percentage of IB

students accepted

Columbia University



Cornell University



Dartmouth University



Duke University



Emory University



Harvard University



Howard University






New York University



Stanford University



University of Chicago



University of Michigan – Ann Arbor



Vanderbilt University



Washington University of St. Louis



IB Diploma Programme Curriculum
The IB Diploma Programme is portrayed in the shape of a hexagon with the six academic areas around a core. Diploma students are required to do a minimum of six subjects, one subject from each of the six subject groups represented on a hexagon. At least three and not more than four of the selected subjects must be at the Higher Level with the remaining at the Standard Level. Higher level courses cover 240 hours of teaching time while standard level subjects cover 150 hours over the two year period.

In addition students must fulfill the requirements of the three compulsory components which lie at the core of the hexagon: the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and the Creativity Action and Service.

English HL/SL

Arabic HL/SL

  • Theory of Knowledge

  • Creativity, Action Service

  • Extended Essay

Group 1:

Language A

Group 2:

Second Language

Group 3:

Individuals & Societies

Group 4:

Experimental Science

Group 6:

The Arts

Group 5:


English B HL/SL

Spanish Ab Initio SL

Psychology HL/SL


History HL / SL

Business and Management HL / SL

Biology HL/SL

Chemistry HL/SL

Physics HL/SL

Mathematics SL

Mathematics HL

Mathematical Studies SL

Visual Arts SL/HL

Another subject from Group 2, 3 or 4

Embracing the last two years of secondary education, the curriculum of the IB Diploma

Programme incorporates standards that assume a high level of achievement than during previous years. The subjects are arranged according to six areas and the IB Diploma candidate is required to choose one subject from each area. (If the student does not select a route from Group 6, he/she may select a 2nd route from Group 2, 3 or 4.)

Which Diploma subjects will be offered at ALS?
Group 1: Language A

First language courses which include the study of selections of world literature.

Arabic (HL/SL), English (HL/SL)
Group 2: Language B, and Ab Initio Language

Second modern language courses are for various levels of proficiency.

English B (HL/SL) competence

Spanish Ab Initio (SL) – some knowledge

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