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Diploma Programme

Grades 11 & 12

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced curriculum framework with final examinations that prepare students in grades 11 and 12 for success in college, and beyond. The program’s emphasis on interdisciplinary learning requires that students study courses across six disciplines including science, mathematics, individuals and societies, and the arts. In addition, DP students must also complete three additional requirements:  

  • Extended Essay (EE) - A 4,000-word essay in an area of personal interest. Emphasis is placed on independent research, and communicating ideas effectively. 
  • Theory of Knowledge (ToK) - An interdisciplinary course designed to help students question and understand how they know what they know. 
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) - Students complete at least 150 hours of extracurricular, community service, and activity options to fulfill this experiential learning requirement. 

IB coursework meets Minnesota’s high school graduation requirements. To receive the full IB diploma, students must earn a minimum of 24 points out of a possible 45 points on the final assessments which are externally marked and moderated by the International Baccalaureate. As an alternative to the full diploma program, students may choose to take individual IB courses and exams to earn IB certificates. 

Both the diploma and certificates are recognized for credit at most colleges and universities. A list of colleges and universities that grant credit, scholarships and/or advanced standing for DP diplomas and certificates is available at

The DP is internationally recognized as representing one of the highest standards in university preparatory education. Students report a greater sense of preparedness, self-confidence, research skills, and ability to manage their time.