The CP Core

A key element of the International Baccalaureate® Career-related Programme (CP), the CP core enhances student’s personal and interpersonal development, with an emphasis on experiential learning. The CP core bridges the IB academic courses and the career-related study and provides students with a combination of academic and practical skills. Four interrelated components form the core:


Personal & Professional Skills

The Personal and Professional Skills (PPS) course aims to develop responsibility, practical problem-solving, good intellectual habits, ethical understandings, perseverance, resilience, an appreciation of identity and perspective, and an understanding of the complexity of the modern world. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills needed to navigate higher education, the workplace and society. (Personal and Professional Skills Guide, IBO 2015)

The PPS course comprises of a minimum of 90 taught hours, with the students expected to complete projects and assignments beyond these taught sessions. The PPS course is internally assessed and graded using a 1-7 scale which is also used for DP subjects.

Reflective Project

The Reflective Project (RP) is an in-depth body of work produced over an extended period and submitted towards the end of the second year of the programme. Through the Reflective Project, students identify, analyse, and critically evaluate an ethical dilemma connected to their career-related study. This work encourages students to engage in personal inquiry, intellectual discovery, creativity, action and reflection. In the process of completing this project the students develop strong research and communication skills. The project draws together the key elements of the CP, and is given equal weighting to the DP Extended Essay. (Reflective Project Guide, IBO 2015)

A minimum of 50 hours is expected to be devoted to the reflective project. The students are externally graded by the IB on an A to E scale for the Reflective Project. 


Service Learning

Service Learning (SL) is the practical application of knowledge and skills towards meeting an identified community need. Students apply personal and social skills in real-life situations. In these contexts, they need to use and develop decision-making skills, problem-solving skills, initiative, responsibility and accountability for their actions (Service Learning Guide, IBO 2015).

A minimum of 50 hours is expected to be devoted to Service Learning.

Language Development

Language Development (LD) ensures that all students have access and are exposed to an additional language, which is a central tenet of an IB education. The language skills they develop increases their understanding of the wider world. Students are encouraged to begin or extend the study of a language other than their best language in order to suit their needs, background and context of their specialist study. (Language Development Guide, IBO 2015)

A minimum of 50 hours is expected to be devoted to language development. The students are internally assessed on the development of their language development portfolio.

Diploma Courses

The Diploma Programme courses supplement the students chosen career-related study and also allows the students to pursue other subjects of interests. Students can choose two to four courses either at Standard or Higher level from any of the following subject groups: Source: Guide to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, IBO 2016

  • Studies in language and literature

  • Language acquisition

  • Individuals and societies

  • Sciences

  • Mathematics

  • The arts

CP students must study a minimum of two DP courses up to a maximum of four DP courses. The students engage with challenging academic content and through their learning they make theoretical connections for their field of study. Course content and assessments are identical to the IB DP and all the students are taught in the same class.


Completion of the CP

Upon successful completion the CP core, CRS, and Fresno Unified School District’s (FUSD) Graduation Requirements, our CP students will achieve a Fresno High School Diploma accredited by the Colleges (WASC) in the United States and a Career-related Diploma, awarded by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

It is important that students take courses that will allow them to successfully pursue their career-related pathway, which may mean meeting requirements for college or university as well. It is therefore important that course selection is discussed with either the CP Coordinator or the Vice Principal in charge of the DP and CP programmes.