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Extended Studies Programme - ESP

Grades 11 and 12 (DP)

The two years prior to graduation at IST are based primarily on courses leading to the IB Diploma or IB Certificates. Students entering Grade 11 will be expected to enrol in six courses in addition to Theory of Knowledge and Health and Social Education (HSE). These courses will be selected from offerings in Groups 1 to 6. All students must also participate in the school’s CAS programme.

Diploma students take 3 subjects at higher level, 3 subjects at standard level, and do an extended essay, whereas Certificate students generally take all subjects at standard level and do not undertake the extended essay.

Course selection at this stage in a student’s life entails important decisions and should be made in consultation with parents, teachers and a counsellor. These choices must take into account each student’s:

  • long-term education and career goals,
  • demonstrated skills and strengths, and
  • current interests.

The diagram below illustrates the IB I and II Diploma Programme:



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