What is the Diploma Programme?
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically rigorous curriculum and holistic program that focuses on developing writing skills, thoughtful analysis, and academic content. It also focuses on the development of the whole young adult through its CAS requirement of Creativity, Action and Service.
Students must qualify and apply during their sophmore year to participate in the program. The DP begins in the 11th grade and concludes with external exams in 12th grade. Students who successfully earn the required points on their exams will receive an IB Diploma in addition to the Louisiana high school diploma.
Universities look favorably at IB students. Research has shown that students with IB diplomas graduate earlier than their peers and maintain higher GPA’s than non-IB students.
I have always been a supporter of the International Baccalaureate. It is a thoughtful and genuinely intellectual curriculum with an unusually high degree of integrity and connectedness. There is no other curriculum anywhere that does a superior job of both educating students and inspiring a true and broadbased love of learning. – William Shain, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Vanderbilt University
LINK: Research on the values of the Diploma Programme