International School Manila

Integrity - Service - Merit

IB Program

IS Manila also offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma, an academically rigorous and challenging program that is recognized in most countries of the world as a university entrance qualification. Students in Grades 11 and 12 may choose to work toward the full IB Diploma or they may take selected courses for a partial diploma. Students are required to take external examinations at the end of each IB course. Participation in this program demands hard work, a mature attitude and self-discipline. However, it is unquestionably an excellent preparation for university level work. A general inquiry to the Guidance Counselor could be made as early as Grade 9 to determine whether or not the IB Diploma is a requirement for entry into university in your country of choice. Choice selection begins in Grade 8 preparatory to the IB courses offered in Grades 11 and 12.



The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) Mission Statement

The IBO 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 IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging Programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

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

The IB Diploma: Content, Structure and Requirements

The IB Diploma is taught continuously over Grades 11 and 12. It provides a rigorous educational experience across six academic subjects allowing for focus and depth to occur in the Higher Level subjects and breadth to occur in the Standard Level subjects.

The Diploma Program Graphic & the Framework of the IB Diploma


Course Structure

  • Six academic subjects studied over two years, one to be selected from each of Groups 1 to 5, with the sixth subject from any Group. Three of these subjects must be studied at the Higher Level (HL) and three at the Standard Level (SL).
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Extended Essay (EE)
  • Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)
  • Note: It is possible to take two languages from Group 1 (and none from Group 2) leading to a bilingual diploma.
  • The Transdisciplinary subject (Environmental Systems and Societies) can be taken as a Group 3 or a Group 4 subject, or it can be taken as both Group 3 and Group 4. These exceptions are further explained later.

Methods of Assessment

  • Students will receive school grades (1 to 7) throughout the two years.
  • A range of Internal and Externally assessed components across all academic subjects.
  • Internal Assessments (IA’s) include language orals, Math portfolios, Economics commentaries, Science labs, focused project based on fieldwork in Geography, etc. These wide ranging internal assessments are marked internally by ISM teachers and samples are then externally moderated by IB examiners.
  • External Assessments (EA’s) include all IB exams, the World Literature Essay(s), the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Essay, Extended Essay (EE), etc. These external assessments are graded by IB examiners.
  • At the end of the two years, the IB will award and send your final grades. The six academic subjects are graded on a scale from 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The EE and TOK are graded on a scale from A (Excellent) to E (Unsatisfactory) and contribute between 0 and 3 additional points.
  • The maximum IB Diploma score is 45 points. (6x7) + 3 = 45 points
  • The Diploma is awarded for a minimum of 24 points.


The Core Requirements of the IB Diploma

The Extended Essay

The Extended Essay (EE) offers students the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints them with the independent research and writing skills expected at the university level. Every IB Diploma candidate must submit an Extended Essay in order to obtain the Diploma. The essay is expected to take approximately 40 hours of work and will be 4,000 words in length. Every student is assigned an advisor whom they will meet with on a number of occasions throughout the essay-writing process.


Theory of Knowledge

The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course is central to the educational philosophy of the IB Diploma. It challenges students and their teachers to reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and areas of knowledge while encouraging students to become aware of themselves as thinkers. Teachers engage students in a critical examination of knowledge and encourage them to gain and apply their own knowledge with greater awareness and responsibility.


Creativity, Action and Service

Participation in CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) is a requirement of the IB Diploma. The students themselves decide on their own CAS program by the activities they create and in which they become involved. CAS activities need to be done throughout the two-year period and sustained activities are actively encouraged.