The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a rigorous 2-year program that focuses on critical thinking skills and international-mindedness. Similar to AP and ECP students, IB diploma and course students may earn college credit. In recognition of earning an IB Diploma, students wear a gold robe at graduation.
Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups. Normally, three subjects are studied at the higher level (HL = 240 teaching hours). In most cases, this is a 2-year course. The remaining three subjects are studied at the standard level (SL = 150 teaching hours).
ETHS IB Course Offerings:
Language A1: English HL (Junior & Senior year)
Language B: Chinese, French, or Spanish (SL / 4th year)
Individuals & Societies: Global Politics HL (Senior year) Course includes Civics Requirement
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 program 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.