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IB Highlights: Course & Diploma Candidates

IB Question of the Week: Who is a Course Candidate and who is a Full Diploma Candidate?

A full Diploma candidate is a junior or senior student who is trying to earn the IB Diploma in addition to the SGS diploma. A full diploma candidate takes six IB courses, three at the higher level (HL) and three at the standard level (SL,) along with the IB exams in May of senior year. This candidate is also enrolled in the IB CORE, completing a 4,000-word Extended Essay (EE), completing an 18-month CAS (Community, Activity and Service) portfolio, and taking the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course.

A course candidate is a student who is enrolled in IB courses, but is not trying to fulfill all of the full IB Diploma requirements. The course candidate takes the IB exams in May of senior year and hopes to gain college credits for specific courses by earning IB certificates based on the scores earned from the IB in their courses. The courses candidate has reduced CAS requirements and does not take TOK or complete the EE.

Students can choose to be a full IB Diploma candidate or a course candidate.

CAS Experience Highlights: CAS experiences for our Upper School Students this week included helping with the Lower School Cross Country Meet, helping with the mentor program, running and participating in the Scare Away Hunger Food Drive, playing the piano, creating superfan shirts, participating in soccer, watching a surgery, milking goats, and bowling.

Please refer to the IB Page on our Website for detailed IB information. As an overview, the Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum for grades 11-12 is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay (EE).