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The Core

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)


This interdisciplinary course, done over 100 hours, encourages students to question and reflect on the bases of knowledge. Students develop an understanding of why it is important to critically examine claims of knowledge, and become aware of the interpretive nature of knowledge. This course helps students make interdisciplinary connections, especially across the Ways of Knowing and the Areas of Knowledge. TOK Assessment requires each student to complete an Oral Presentation (IA) on a chosen topic and write an essay (EA) on one of several prescribed titles.

The Extended Essay (EE)

The EE is an individual in-depth study of a topic of interest in any subject offered by the IB. It provides diploma candidates with the opportunity to engage in independent research and communicate their ideas in a logical and coherent manner in an essay of about 4000 words. The assessment criteria of an EE depend on the subject area in which it is written. Candidates are supervised by an appropriate adviser in the formulation of the idea, research, and final writing of the essay. The EE is externally assessed.
Students are encouraged to follow a specific timeline that allows them to successfully complete the essay.

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

Alongside the rigorous academic curriculum, the diploma program includes an extracurricular requirement. It is meant to offset the time spent on academics, in order to encourage students to develop creatively as well as become involved in their communities. This component of the IB diploma program completes students’ education by urging them to use their acquired skills to be responsible citizens in their communities, and extend their scope of interest to the needs of others.

Year 1 students are introduced to CAS through the CAS Showcase organized at the beginning of the school year by their Seniors. Based on what they have encountered and an understanding of their own strengths, students select from a range of activities and projects. As they become familiar with the rhythm of CAS, they become more adventurous, devise new projects and perpetuate the CAS outlook at EBV. 

To IB or not IB

At the end of IB DP Year 1, students confirm whether they will take the full Diploma, some IB certificates or neither. This decision involves the performance through Year 1, time management skills, ability to handle both academics and other activities and progress in the CORE elements.  Each student has the opportunity to conference with the DPC and parents in order to ensure the nature of the commitment is completely understood and accepted.

The School Guidance Counselor is involved in all such conferences. Her task is to emphasize how the IB DP enhances admission prospects to universities across the world. Through these sessions students recognize the challenge this program provides in global terms which further underlines the nature of the commitment they make when they decide to take on the full IB Diploma / IB certificates.

 

 

International Baccalaureate