The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
The European School of Bruxelles-Argenteuil is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme
and pursuing authorization as an IB World school.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.** For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is for students aged 16-19.The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
We are expecting to start offering the program next school year (2020-21), starting with a first cohort of students studying the first year of the program.
The International Baccalaureate® Diploma Programme is recognized by universities world wide. Evidence suggests that higher rates of DP students go on to university and higher education study than non-IB students.
The Diploma Programme curriculum is made up of six subject groups and three core subjects, comprising theory of knowledge, creativity, activity, service and the extended essay.
Through the core subjects, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.
For more information, regarding the curriculum and subjects, please refer to the website: https://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/
Campus d’Argenteuil has a 35 year tradition of preparing students for the International Baccalaureate. Today, the European School of Bruxelles-Argenteuil is taking this tradition into its hands by applying to become an authorized IB school. Thanks to this campus’s tradition, even though for the first time since 1985 no students are following the IBDP program this year, facilities are already existent and teachers are trained and experienced.
The International Baccalaureate Curriculum
The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. The core subjects are mandatory just as the student must choose one subject from each of the first five groups. The sixth subject is free of choice. Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level. Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.
Below is the list of subjects that will be offered on Campus. Please note that a minimum students may be necessary for a subject to be offered. Online options for specific courses are and can also be offered. Feel free to contact our IBDP coordinator for more information and regarding the possibility of applying to a course not mentioned in this list.
- Group 1: Studies in language and literature
- English A – Higher and Standard level
- French A – Higher and Standard level
- Swedish A – Higher and Standard level
- Group 2: Language acquisition
- English B – Higher and Standard level
- French B – Higher and Standard level
- Spanish B – Higher and Standard level
- Group 3: Individual and societies:
- History – Higher and Standard level
- Economics – Higher and Standard level
- Business management – Higher and Standard level
- Environmental systems and societies (SL only, group 3 or 4)
- Group 4: Sciences:
- Biology – Higher and Standard level
- Chemistry – Higher and Standard level
- Physics – Higher and Standard level
- Group 5: Mathematics:
- Analysis and approaches – Higher and Standard level
- Applications and interpretation – Higher and Standard level
- Group 6: The Arts:
- Visual Arts – Higher and Standard level
- Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org
**Mission Statement from the IB
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.