Secondary Division

The International Baccalaureate


    About the IB


    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is for students aged 16-19.

    To Find out more about the DP watch the video below.



    IB Mission 

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB)  is more than its educational programmes and certificates. At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.

    We value our hard earned reputation for quality, for high standards and for pedagogical leadership. We achieve our goals by working with partners and by actively involving our stakeholders, particularly teachers.

    We promote intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.

    All of this is captured in our mission statement:

    The International Baccalaureate® 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 organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

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





    IB Learner Profile








    Admission to the IBDP at AIS

    Admission to the 2-year IB Diploma Program is possible if the applicant has successfully completed Grade 10 and carries an International Passport or exemption from the Lebanese Program.

    AIS expects the subjects Math, English and at least one science subject to have been covered in previous years.

    In the admission process, the school will look at each applicant individually. To enter the IBDP, applicants are expected to have a high proficiency in English and a solid foundation in Math and one science, but also to possess personal qualities that demonstrate a willingness to work dedicatedly and align with the attributes of the IB student learner profile.

    To evaluate this, applicants are asked to write a short personal statement and enclose it with the application form. In some cases, admission to the IB Diploma Program will be based on an admission test in at least Math and English and one Science.

    If the entrance requirements for the IB Diploma Program cannot be met, applicants can enroll in  Pre-IB courses during the summer that precedes the academic year.

    If the applicant has completed the Pre-IB courses with satisfactory results and has demonstrated solid skills for working with school work, the student will be admitted into the IB Program under probation.

    Once admitted AIS will send an additional form to students concerning subject choices in the sciences, languages and the arts.

    When applying from abroad, applicants must download the AIS admission application form. This is available on the school’s website send it directly to AIS. Here the deadline is end of May. Based on the application information and documents provided, the student will be contacted for an admission test.


     To be eligible for the award of the Diploma, all candidates must have:

    * Completed the exams in six subjects

    * Submitted an Extended Essay

    * Attended TOK (Theory of Knowledge)

    * Fulfilled the CAS requirements (Creativity Action, Service)



     The IB Curriculum consists of six subject groups. The students must select one subject from each group. Of these, a maximum of 4 and a minimum of 3, must be studied at Higher Level (HL) and remaining at Standard Level (SL).

    Subject Groups

    1- Language A (First Language) English A: Literature SL

    2- Language B / Ab initio (Second Modern Language) Arabic - French – SL

    3- Individuals and Societies
    Economics SL/HL
    Psychology SL/HL

    4- Experimental Sciences
    Biology SL/HL
    Physics SL/HL
    Chemistry SL/HL

    5- Mathematics
    Mathematics HL
    Math SL

    6- The Arts and Electives
    another subject from either groups 2,3,4.


    In addition to disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the IB Diploma Program features three core elements that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills:

    • The Extended Essay (EE) asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the IBDP subjects they are studying.  “EE puts the academic skills necessary for tertiary education into practice, developing the inquirer and the critical learner in the IB learner profile with a two-year piece of research that teaches thesis writing with attention to academic honesty and plagiarism” (Onur, 2011, p.82).
    • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction. TOK bridges the compartmentalization of the individual classes, training the students to examine problems from several perspectives, thus developing individuals who are reflective.
    • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Program. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Activity seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. CAS addresses aesthetic, athletic and humanistic aspects of the curriculum, leading to creative, balanced and caring individuals. It is often described as experiential learning.




    CAS - Creativity, Activity, Service 



     Creativity, Activity & Service Guide - 2017 - English.pdf