The IB Diploma Programme is a comprehensive course of study that combines a range of subjects.

MLC School consistently achieves at the highest level internationally in the IB. The 2018 IB cohort delivered an outstanding result, with our Vice-Captain attaining a perfect score of 45, placing her among the top academic achievers worldwide. This is the 40th perfect score MLC School has achieved in the last nine years.

Six of our students achieved an ATAR of over 99 and over 50% of our students achieved an ATAR of 95 or more.

MLC School has been an IB World School since 1999. This means that we:

  • Share the mission and commitment of the IB to quality international education
  • Play an active and supporting role in the worldwide community of IB schools
  • Share their knowledge and experience in the development of IB programmes
  • Are committed to the professional development of teachers

The IB Diploma Programme is a comprehensive and rigorous pre-university course of study for motivated students that combines a range of subjects with a program of:

  • Research through the Extended Essay
  • Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK), a course designed for students to be able to ask, ‘How do we know what we know?’

The IB Diploma Programme is based on the IB Organisation’s 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.’ Students select one subject from each of five different discipline areas as well as a sixth that may be an Arts discipline or another subject from Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies or Sciences. This ensures a breadth of experience in Languages, Humanities, Experimental Sciences and Mathematics, a key feature of the Diploma that makes it different from the HSC.

The IB offers an education that teaches students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right questions is a crucial skill that will allow them to flourish long after they’ve finished their education.

Middle Years (Year 7 to Year 9)

MLC School Middle Years students engage in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP is a comprehensive and rigorous five-year course of study, undertaken by all students in Year 6 to Year 10. Students continue to follow the content of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) syllabuses for the Australian Curriculum while the MYP provides the framework in which it is taught. The MYP does not provide content but rather the manner in which the subjects are taught and sets international benchmarks for learning.

The MYP is designed for students aged 11–16 and provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. It emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century.

The MYP prepares students to meet the academic needs equally for both the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. It addresses students’ intellectual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing and culminates in the opportunity for students to undertake an independent project in an area of interest (adapted from the International Baccalaureate Organization www.ibo.org).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year course of study, undertaken in Year 11 and Year 12. It is chosen by a range of students as an alternative to studying the NSW Higher School Certificate.

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the common planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

These are the reasons the IB Diploma Programme has such popularity and has seen rapid international growth, in both State and Independent schools, since its foundation in Geneva over 40 years ago. There are more than 969,000 IB students at over 3,290 schools in more than 141 countries – and the numbers are growing!

IB Diploma Programme Curriculum

Download the 2019-2020 International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme Assessment Guide

Students select one subject from each of five different discipline areas and a sixth may be an Arts discipline or another subject from Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies or Sciences. This ensures a breadth of experience in Languages, Humanities, Experimental Sciences and Mathematics, a key feature of the Diploma that makes it different from the HSC.

• Three of the six subjects are studied at Higher Level (HL) each representing 240 teaching hours over two years
• The remaining three subjects are studied at Standard Level (SL) each representing 150 teaching hours over two years.

There are three core requirements that are central to the IB Diploma experience.

1. The Extended Essay (EE)

Students complete a 4000-word research essay in a discipline area of choice, on a topic formulated and negotiated between the student and a supervisor.

2. Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS)

CAS is a distinctive feature of the IB Diploma and aligns strongly with MLC School’s values. It encourages students to take risks, explore and challenge themselves. MLC School students engage in many ‘outside the classroom’ activities and these can lead to outstanding CAS projects.

  • Creativity includes a wide range of arts and other activities that involve creative thinking, like learning a new instrument or dance.
  • Activity, which can include participation in individual and team sports, taking part in expeditions and in local or international projects.
  • Service, that encompasses a host of community and social service activities. 

The satisfactory completion of this non-examined core component is mandatory for the award of the IB Diploma.

3. Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

TOK is a course unique to the IB Diploma, challenging students to ask ‘How do we know what we know?’ TOK aims to develop a student’s critical capacity to analyse, make connections, consider possibilities and understand that all individual and cultural perspectives may have strengths and weaknesses. Through understanding the nature of knowledge, this course has relevance to all the subjects chosen in the IB Diploma. Like all other IB Diploma subjects, TOK is assessed, and this includes an essay and presentation.

Key Benefits of the IB Diploma Programme

Many students in Year 10 are uncertain about their vocational or career options. Research shows that despite a demonstrated capacity, girls still under-enrol in maths and sciences in senior years, and this limits their tertiary choices. The IB Diploma requirement, that students take subjects from each area of the curriculum, including these subjects, is particularly beneficial for girls.

The IB Diploma Programme is recognised around the world and ensures an increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.

The curriculum of the IB Diploma Programme has an international perspective of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language.
IB World Schools must undergo an exhaustive authorisation process in order to offer one or more of the programmes, which includes a study of the school’s resources and commitment to the IB mission and philosophy.

IB Diploma teachers participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.

Many students graduating from the IB Diploma Programme find that it enhances their opportunities at tertiary institutions. The IBO works closely with universities around the world to gain recognition for IB programmes.

The core components of the IB Diploma Programme encourage students to participate in active, creative and service-oriented activities, while at the same time emphasising the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level.

If you would like to learn more about the choice between the HSC and IB, please email Enrolments.

2018 IB Results

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