The DP CORE
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum sets out the requirements for study of the DP. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum sets out the requirements for study of the DP. The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.
Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.
The Extended Essay (EE) asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the Diploma Programme subjects they are studying. The World Studies EE option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance, which they examine through the lens of at least two Diploma Programme subjects (approximately 4,000 words).
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and address different ways of knowing while they deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction. At Fresno High School (FHS), students will take TOK over their junior and senior years in order to assist them with the completion of thee EE and CAS core requirements.
Creativity, activity, service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Activity seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical exercise. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery (approximately 150 hours total activity).