International Baccalaureate Diploma
TASIS The American International School in England offers the IB Diploma to eligible students entering 11 grade. The IB is widely recognized and considered to be an international passport to higher education, as its strengths are based on the best practices of educational systems worldwide. It is a comprehensive two-year program that encourages critical thinking, research skills, and service as part of the learning process.
The IB Program is a challenging 2-year program that places serious demands on a student's time and energy. Entry into the IB Diploma program is made in consultation between the school, student, and family, and is open to highly motivated students with strong academic, time management and study skills.
Prerequisites for entry to the program include a “B” average in previous and current courses of study, as well as specific requirements for particular IB courses. For non-native English speakers, the following English language levels are possible pre-requisites: SLEP score of 55 or above; TOEFL score of 550 (computer-bases TOEFL score of 213); or a score of 79-80 on the Internet-based TOEFL. In some cases, where a student's math, language, or science background prevents participation in the program, TASIS may recommend that the student enroll in a post graduate year in order to complete the IB Diploma in grades 12 and 13.
Given the differences between IB courses of study it is not always possible for a student to transfer into the IB program after completing the first year elsewhere. Any students who are allowed to transfer must arrange for all internal assessment work to arrive at TASIS England by September 1st.
IB diploma candidates must take a total of 6 IB courses, one from each of the groups below. For a full list of courses, please see IB Coursework.
Group 1: Language A 1
Group 2: Second Language
Group 3: Individuals and Society
Group 4: Experimental Sciences
Group 5: Mathematics and Computer Science
Group 6: The Arts
Of these courses, at least 3, but no more than 4, are taken at Higher Level (HL) and the others are taken at Standard Level (SL). Each course is taught over the two years of study. In addition to the 6 courses, IB Diploma candidates must meet the requirements for Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay, and Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS).
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