What is the Diploma Programme?

The Diploma Programme (DP) is a curriculum framework designed by International Baccalaureate (IB) for students in their last two years of high school.  

International Baccalaureate students graduating with the IB diploma are able to study at universities all around the world, often with advanced credit. Students report on their preparedness for college, especially compared to their peers. They comment on their self-confidence, research skills and their ability to manage their time. Even more importantly, they have developed a sense of the world around them and their responsibility to it.

Diploma Programme students study six subjects, three at standard level and three at higher level, over their two years in the program. In addition, they complete the theory of knowledge (TOK), the extended essay and at least 150 hours of CAS-creativity, activity and service tasks outside of the classroom.   

TOK (Theory of knowledge) is an interdisciplinary course designed to help students question and understand how they know what they know.  Students study how individuals from various disciplines view the world in order to develop their own ways of thinking.  The TOK seeks to help students make sense of school and the world across disciplines. 

CAS (Creativity-activity-service) is an experiential learning component of the IB. Students complete a wide variety of extracurricular, community service and athletic options to fulfill this requirement.

The extended essay introduces students to the demands and the rewards of independent work. Emphasis is placed on doing university-level research and communicating their ideas effectively in order to write a 4,000-word essay in an area of personal interest.

How the International Baccalaureate Programme differs from teaching in a global perspective:

The International Baccalaureate Programme is internationally recognized and validated. IB students across the globe are working from the same curriculum. This gives all students a truly international perspective, not one that imposes our international view. Only schools that have been thoroughly vetted by the International Baccalaureate Organization can earn official designation as an International Baccalaureate World School. 

Advanced Placement v. International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Programme is a comprehensive academic curriculum. It requires students to be proficient in six different areas, as well as complete the Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, and the CAS-community, action service component. This requires students to complete a wide variety of extracurricular, community service and athletic options to fulfill this requirement. Some IB courses extend over two years, and students have ongoing evaluations, presentations, and opportunities to defend their work. IB puts students at the center of learning. Advanced Placement has been a more traditional model. It offers a l la cart menu of courses from which students can choose. Teachers spend nine months preparing their students to take one test that culminates all of their learning from the one year of instruction. IB changes the approach to learning and puts a value system at its core. It more effectively prepares students for collegiate study by giving them a foundation of strengths in communication, critical thinking and advanced research. Students can, if they choose, sit for an AP test after completing the IB curriculum. 

Questions about IB? Contact Nick Beyer, Principal, at [email protected] or (216) 325-7315. 

For more information on IB and its implementation at Beaumont, visit Beaumont's IB FAQ page, read Beaumont's informational brochure regarding the program, or one of the below pages on the IB website.

Information for Parents

The IB Learner Profile 

History of IB

IB Videos

IB Documents