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There are two ways a student can be involved in the IB programme at KES: through the Diploma Programme and through the taking of individual certificates.

1. The Diploma

Leading to examinations, the IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of studies, that meets the needs of highly-motivated secondary school students and fulfills the requirements of various national education systems. The Diploma model is not based on the pattern of any single country, but incorporates the best elements of many. The programme is available in English, French or Spanish.
The candidates for the Diploma are required to take 6 courses, one from each area or group. The groups are listed below, and the subjects offered at KES in each group are indicated.  A student needs to take three courses at the Higher Level, and three at the standard level. 
  • GROUP I -  English
  • GROUP II - French, German, Spanish 
  • GROUP III - History, Business and Management
  • GROUP IV - Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science
  • GROUP V - Mathematics Standard Level, Higher Level, and Mathematical Studies
  • GROUP VI - Music, Theater, Visual Arts or any selection from one of the other groups.
As well as the above, the diploma offers some special features: 
  • THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE - This is a required interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection upon the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. TOK seeks to develop a coherent approach to learning by encouraging students to question the bases of knowledge, be aware of subjective and ideological biases, and develop personal modes of thought.
  • CREATIVITY, ACTION, SERVICE - CAS is a fundamental part of the Diploma and encourages the students to take seriously the life outside of the world of scholarship, and to share their energy and talents while working cooperatively.
  • EXTENDED ESSAY - All Diploma candidates are required to undertake original research and write a maximum 4000 word extended essay in a subject of their choice, under the guidance of a teacher, and externally graded.
Diploma candidates are required to take three of their subjects at the Higher, or more advanced, Level, and three at the Standard Level. Exams are graded on a scale as follows:
1. very poor
2. poor
3. mediocre
4. satisfactory
5. good
6. very good
7. excellent
In addition, bonus points may be earned from the TOK or the essay. A total of 24 points is necessary for awarding of the Diploma, along with satisfactory completion of TOK, CAS and the essay.

2. Certificate Candidates

Many students at KES do not opt for the full Diploma, but choose instead to take only those IB courses which particularly interest them or which will be relevant to their choice of university and career path. These students write examinations only in their chosen courses and receive certificates accordingly.
In Grades 11 and 12, the Honours' level at KES is the IB. In Grade 10, students enter the pre-IB skills portion of the course before embarking on the IB course per se. In Grades 11 and 12 the Honours' Courses at KES follow the IB syllabi, leading to the IB examinations at the end of either Grade 11 or 12, depending on the course.

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Typical Course Selection

A typical diploma candidate might make the following course selections, in addition to TOK and completing the Extended Essay and CAS.

Standard Level
  • French
  • Math
  • History
Higher Level
  • English
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

IB Exam Grade Scale

Exams are graded on a scale as follows:
  1. very poor
  2. poor
  3. mediocre
  4. satisfactory
  5. good
  6. very good
  7. excellent
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