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ISB is happy to announce the start of the Pre-IB Diploma Programme for its current Year 11
students and for all new registered students who will be starting the International
Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in September 2020. The programme started on
the 28 th April and will continue for the rest of the term.


The Context

Under normal circumstances, after the Easter holiday, our Year 11 students should start
their study leave, followed by the IGCSE examinations. However, the current situation does
not allow the students in Year 11 to complete their IGCSE exams as expected: all IGCSE
exams have been cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The Purpose of the Pre-IBDP

ISB teachers have identified some areas which students find more challenging during the
IBDP and they have developed a flexible online programme to address these. The
programme has been carefully designed to answer as many questions as possible and to
offer the students a very deep understanding of the programme, before they join in
September 2020.

The main purpose of the Pre-IBDP is to help the Year 11 students to gain a clear insight into
the IBDP subjects, core requirements and deadlines. It will help the students to chose their
High Level and Standard Level Subjects and will also provide details on the Creativity,
Activity Service (CAS), Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay (EE).

Pre-IBDP Details

The Pre-IBDP is an online programme which runs from 9.00am to 3.00pm, Monday to Friday
delivered through 20 lessons per week. The timetable is designed to help students attend all
subjects to understand the requirements of the subjects. Lessons will be conducted on
Zoom, and links will be shared with students via email and Google Classroom.

What Courses Are Provided?

Students will attend 2 lessons each week of an Introduction to CAS Course. The Critical
Thinking and TOK (Theory of Knowledge) Course (2 lessons each week) will introduce
Year 11 students to critical thinking and inquiry-based skills through the acquisition of

The English Course (3 lessons each week) will help students with their writing and oral
skills in English. The students will also join the Maths Course (3 lessons each week) which
is designed to help the students prepare to meet the demands of the IBDP.

Science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, ESS), Modern Foreign Language (Spanish,
French) and Humanities (Geography, History, Economics, Business Studies) courses
will also be provided to prepare the students who will be choosing these IBDP courses.

Which subjects I need to attend?

Students are expected to attend all English, Maths, TOK, CAS, and their chosen optional

More information on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at ISB is available
here . Please do not hesitate to email us at, should you require more
details about the programme.