How is the IB Diploma program different from other college prep academic programs?

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The IB Diploma Program is a comprehensive and balanced two-year curriculum and assessment system that requires students to study courses across all disciplines. Within this structured framework, the IB Diploma Program provides a great deal of flexibility and accommodates student interests and abilities. Regardless of the courses taught, all students will explore the connections between the six major subject areas, will study subjects through an international perspective, will reflect critically on what it means to be a “knower,” will pursue one subject in great detail through independent research, and will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in community service activities. Assessment of student achievement includes assessment of student work both by outside examiners as well as by the students’ own teachers. All assessment undergoes careful review to ensure that a common, international standard is applied equally to the work of students around the world. For these reasons, colleges and universities around the world recognize the IB Diploma Program.

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