After completing the Middle Years Programme (MYP), students begin the final two years of the Diploma Programme (DP) of the International Baccalaureate® (IB), continuing with the methodology with which they became familiar in the Secondary School. These two years conclude the process of their education at Alegra.
The DP Programme is an excellent preparation for University and adulthood for Alegra pupils, and it is also locally and globally recognized by universities for the holistic and rigorous education it provides.
The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and three core elements.
The subject groups are:
The three core elements aim to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
When students finish the programme, they carry out written examinations which are corrected by the IB’s external examiners. They also carry out assessment tasks in School which are evaluated by their teachers and later revised by external moderators or sent directly to the external examiners.
Examinations form the basis of the assessment for most courses. This is because of their high levels of objectivity and reliability:
In both years, internal evaluation by Alegra teachers is also used and includes:
The Diploma Programme, is the longest and highest achiever of the IB Programmes to date, it is imparted in 3.421 schools and in 157 countries around the world. (sept. 2019)
In the DP, students receive grades ranging from 7 to 1, with 7 being highest. Students receive a grade for each DP course attempted.
A student’s final Diploma result score is made up of the combined scores for each subject. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance including successful completion of the three essential elements of the DP core.
The theory of knowledge (TOK) and extended essay (EE) components are awarded individual grades and, collectively, can contribute up to 3 additional points towards the overall Diploma score.
Creativity, Action, Service – the remaining element in the DP core – does not contribute to the points total but authenticated participation is a requirement for the award of the diploma.