International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP)

What is IB Education?

Imagine a worldwide community of schools, educators and students with a shared vision and mission to empower young people with the skills, values and knowledge to create a better and more peaceful world. This is the International Baccalaureate (IB).

In 1968, the first programme offered by the IB, the Diploma Programme, was established. It sought to provide a challenging yet balanced education that would facilitate geographic and cultural mobility by providing an internationally recognized university entrance qualification that would also serve the deeper purpose of promoting intercultural understanding and respect.

An IB education fosters international-mindedness by helping students reflect on their own perspective, culture and identities, and then on those of others. By learning to appreciate different beliefs, values and experiences, and to think and collaborate across cultures and disciplines, IB learners gain the understanding necessary to make progress toward a more peaceful and sustainable world.

What makes IB students unique?

IB students: 

  • are encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
  • take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world
  • become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language
  • are able to engage with people in an increasingly globalised, rapidly changing world.
  • develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics 

IB Learner profiles

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them. 

The profile aims to develop learners who are Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, Reflective.

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IB Curriculum

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 three core elements are:

  • Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know
  • The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
  • Creativity, activity, service in which students complete a project related to those three concepts. It is an opportunity for self-determination, collaboration, accomplishment & enjoyment.

The six subject groups offered at SMIS are:

Subject Group Subjects Offered
Studies in Language and Literature English A- Language and Literature
Language Acquisition Spanish ab initio, Mandarin Ab initio, French ab initio
Individual and Societies Business Management, Economics, Psychology, Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS)
Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS)
Mathematics Mathematics – Analysis and Approaches

Mathematics – Application and Interpretation

The Arts Not offered currently

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Choosing subjects in the Diploma Programme

Students choose courses from the following subject groups: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts.

Students may opt to study an additional science, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts. 

Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL).  HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.

Why IB Diploma?

  • Highly respected & recognised by leading universities worldwide
  • Develop multilingual students
  • Encourage critical thinking
  • Holistic education 
  • Academic rigour with personal development
  • Learn how to learn as they develop approaches to learning skills and IB learner profiles
  • Acquire excellent breadth and depth of knowledge


The IBDP is a 24-month programme commencing in January.


Academic scholarships are available for deserving candidates.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum entry requirements of five credits for SPM/IGCSE/equivalent examinations in accordance with MQA and Ministry of Education’s requirements.
  • Pass SMIS IB Assessment test

IB Transfer students

We welcome and accept transfer students from other IB schools provided the subjects opted are the same as the subjects offered at SMIS. The completion status of Internal Assessments, Extended Essay, Group 4 Project and other requirements need to be discussed with Diploma Coordinator before enrolment. 

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