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DP 1-2 / Grades 11-12


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) is a two-year course globally recognised programme, and an excellent stepping stone to university. Students develop skills in research, communication, self-management, and high order thinking.


How does the IB diploma work?

 At the beginning of the two years, students will have to choose between 6 areas of studies:

  • 3 at a standard Level (SL): 150 teaching hours over two years
  • 3 at a Higher Level (HL): 240 teaching hours over two years

During their two-year course, each student must carry out an internally assessed research project in each of their subjects. In DP2 (the final year of the programme) the official examinations take place in May.  Additionally they have to complete the 3 core elements of the IB diploma: the Extended Essay (EE),  Creativity/Activity/Service (CAS), and Theory of Knowledge (TOK).

6 Areas of Studies
  1. Studies in Language and Literature
  2. Language Acquisition
  3. Individuals & Societies
  4. Sciences
  5. Mathematics
  6. Arts
Students will have to choose:
  • 1 subject in each area of study
  • 3 subjects at a Higher Level (HL)
  • 3 subjects at a Standard Level (SL)
  • Arts is optional and can be replaced by a subject from another area of study

The IB's Core Elements

EE: Extended Essay
With the support of a supervisor, students take on a research project in one of their 6 areas of studies. They have to come up with a research question, follow through with in-depth academic research and write a 4000 word essay. While this is a challenging task, it is an excellent preparation for university research papers. Successful student choose a topic in which they are interested, and manage their time effectively.


CAS: Creativity, Activity and Service
The CAS programme  is the perfect opportunity for students to discover or develop special interests. A CAS coordinator oversees their portfolio and reflections over an 18 months period.


TOK: Theory of knowledge
This course aims at questioning the nature of knowledge in order to develop critical thinking skills. Can we know the truth? Is there such a thing as absolute truth? Is bias inevitable in the production of knowledge? How do values affect the production of knowledge?


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Areas of studies offered at Montgomery International School

Studies in Language & Literature:
  • French Language & Literature HL/SL
  • English Language & Literature HL/SL
  • School Supported Self-Taught Language & Literature SL
Language Acquisition
Individuals & Societies
  • Business Management SL/HL 
  • History SL/HL (in French only)
  • Analysis & Approaches SL/HL

Students may take French and English Language & Literature courses if they are fluent in both languages. On the other hand, students who are neither fluent in English nor French may study their mother tongue as Literature Self-Taught subject. They will be followed by a coordinator at school but will need the support of an external tutor. 

The IB in practice at Montgomery International School


IBDP model

What is the IB DP curriculum?

For more information about the IBDP curriculum framework, visit the IB Middle Years Programme in the IBO webpages


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Advanced Bilingual IB Diploma

We offer the Advanced Bilingual IB Diploma, which is a differentiating criterion when applying to universities. 

Our requirements for the Advanced Bilingual IB DP:

  • French Language & Literature
  • English Language & Literature
  • History in French

Additionally, Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is offered in French, and the Extended Essay (EE) can be written in French.

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