The Diploma Programme features three core elements that broaden students' educational experiences and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills - Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Action, Service.
Theory of Knowledge
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.
The Extended Essay asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the Diploma Programme subjects they are studying. The 4,000-word work of original research is self-directed with support form a faculty mentor and the Extended Essay Coordinators.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. Diploma candidates are encouraged to grow as reflective thinkers who willingly accept new roles and challenges. This is accomplished through real, purposeful activities involving the arts and creative thinking, action and a healthy lifestyle, as well as as unpaid and voluntary service.