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IB Diploma Programme

IBO Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

(International Baccalaureate Organisation)


The IB Programmes at IST

In grades 11 & 12 students follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). This is a demanding and rigorous programme that prepares students very thoroughly for further study at university. It is recognised by universities throughout the world.


At the IST, there is the possibility to study for either the full IB Diploma or the IB Course.  Students and parents are responsible for carefully considering the advice given by teaching staff and researching future higher education and/or career options to ensure they apply for the appropriate course of study.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme curriculum is modelled by a circle with six academic areas surrounding the three core requirements.

Over the course of the two-year full Diploma programme, students shall:

  • study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups - three subjects should be at Higher Level and three subjects should be at Standard Level

  • complete an extended essay

  • follow a theory of knowledge course (TOK)

  • participate in creativity, action, service (CAS).



Further details about the International Baccalaureate programmes at the International School of Toulouse can be found in the IB Handbook.

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