Respected, and recognised worldwide as a benchmark of academic excellence, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) has been formulated to give students an optimal preparation for University, and further tertiary studies.
At Tintern Grammar, we have offered this curriculum to our students for over 20 years, as an alternative to the VCE course for Years 11 and 12.
Renowned for the depth and breadth of its academic studies, and for educating ‘the whole person’, all students undertaking IB are required to study six academic subjects, including literature, a second language, Humanities (Economics, History and Psychology), Sciences, Mathematics and the Arts (Music, Theatre and Visual Arts).
Some flexibility is possible to allow students choice of two Humanities or two Science subjects, rather than selecting Arts.
All IB subjects are studied for two years and are externally assessed at the completion of Year 12.
In addition there are three core components students must complete during the two-year period: an Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and Creativity, Action and Service (CAS).
The Extended Essay is a 4000-word research essay to be written on a topic of the student’s choice. Every student is assigned a teacher who will supervise the research and drafting stages.
Theory of Knowledge is a critical thinking course and links all academic studies. It challenges students’ perceptions of knowledge.
Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) is designed to enable students to develop a balanced approach to life. During the course’s two years, students are required to spend 50 hours working on each of the subject’s three components.
A course coordinator oversees and advises students as they progress through the subject.
The IB program is ideal for students who are enthusiastic about learning, like to be challenged and enjoy working collaboratively, as well as independently.
The International Baccalaureate also attracts those who are keen to embrace community service, be physically active and participate in creative pursuits.
A demonstrated ability across all subjects, and an active interest in the wider world are also necessary for students who undertake this rigorous, rewarding program.