Diploma Programme Summary

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous course of study designed to meet the needs of highly motivated secondary students and to promote international understanding. The effectiveness of the IB program is due not only to the depth of the individual courses, but also to the comprehensive nature of the program. Unlike other honors programs, the IB program requires each student to take courses in six academic areas. To qualify for the International Baccalaureate diploma, students must take examinations in six subject areas, participate in the Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) program, and write an extended essay.

The diploma candidate also must take a unique course entitled "Theory of Knowledge." In this course, students explore the connections and similarities between the various subjects, learn to think, and apply interrelated concepts. Although NDP students enter the Diploma Programme in their junior year, the selection process begins in the sophomore year. IB students also may take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in grades 11 and 12.
Certified as an authorized IB World School in 2007, Notre Dame Prep allows students to self-select the Diploma Programme. Students will go through an advisement session regarding the rigor of the program.
(Diploma Programme brochure)

Diploma Programme Features

  • Six subject areas: English, Second Language, Social Studies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics, The Arts.
  • Two year courses of study that allow a broader, deeper understanding of high-level material
  • Internal assessments, such as oral readings, presentations, projects and portfolios, take place in each class.
  • External assessments (exams) take place at the end of the Diploma Programme (May of the student's senior year). Exams are graded externally by IBO.
  • Students network with other DP students through the CAS program. Working together as a DP community, students design and implement activities and projects for the program.
  • Students earn credit for participating in sports and music programs. IBO recognizes the participation of talented students in extra-curricular activities and awards CAS credit for taking part in these activities as well as other commitments students participate in outside of the school community.
  • The extended essay requirement allows students to self-select a topic of interest for extensive study and research. The student is assigned a mentor for the year-long process.
  • The roster of IB courses at NDP allows a rich selection of academic choices. Spanish and Mandarin, History, Psychology and Economics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Visual Arts and Music Theory.

Diploma Programme Benefits

Diploma Programme students are recognized worldwide as well-rounded college ready students. Therefore, highly selective universities desire these applicants. College admissions representatives look forward to receiving applications from NDP Diploma Programme students knowing they completed a most rigorous course of study at an esteemed academic institution. Because the IBO fosters internationally minded students, DP candidates are regarded to be mature and articulate. They are without a doubt the most attractive college applicants today.

How to Apply

In February of a student's sophomore year, information is presented on how to continue from the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program to the Diploma Program. Students wishing to pursue the International Baccalaureate diploma will work closely with the IB Diploma Program coordinator to chose a course schedule that is challenging, well-rounded and unique to to them. 

For more information: http://www.ibo.org/diploma/