I.B. Program

The IB Diploma Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a comprehensive and rigorous pre-university program, leading to external examinations, that meets the needs of highly motivated 16 to 19 year old students.

The aims of the IB Diploma Program are to:

  • provide an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education.
  • promote international understanding.
  • educate the whole person, emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth.
  • develop inquiry and thinking skills, and the capacity to reflect upon and to evaluate actions critically.

The IB Diploma Program has become a leading, internationally recognized pre-university qualification. The student who satisfies its demands demonstrates a strong commitment to learning, both in terms of the mastery of subject content and in the development of wide-ranging skills.

The IB Diploma Program Curriculum Model

Students study six subjects selected from the six subject groups: First
Language, Second Language, Individuals and Societies, Experimental Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, and the Arts. Three or four of the subjects selected are taken at higher level, and the others at standard level. The six subjects are studied concurrently over two years, as well as taking a course entitled Theory of Knowledge, producing a 4000 word Extended Essay, and participating in an extracurricular activities program called Creativity, Action and Service. Within this model, students are able to explore some subjects in depth (higher level) and some more broadly over the two-year period.

For more information about the IB Diploma Program please consult the International Baccalaureate Organization website www.ibo.org.

IB Certificate

Students not wishing to complete the IB Diploma Program may still study one or several IB subjects and sit for external examinations in the selected subjects. This would entitle the student to an IB Certificate listing the subjects studied and the grades obtained.

The IB Program at IKNS

The International Baccalaureate program is offered at grades 11 and 12 at IKNS. In order to be eligible for acceptance into the IB Diploma Program, the student must have a Grade Points Average of at least 2.75 in grade 10. About one third of IKNS students every year opt for the IB Diploma programme, and another third opt for the IB Certificate.

Available courses:


First Language
Arabic, English and French
Second Language
Arabic and English
Individuals & Societies
History, Economics, Business and Management, and Information Technology in a Global Society
Experimental Sciences
Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Mathematics & Computer Science
Mathematics and Computer Science
The Arts
Visual Arts

The Mentoring Program
Every IB Diploma student at IKNS has a mentor who provides the student with support and advice. Students fill a biweekly monitoring form to enable the mentor and IB Coordinator to monitor their progress and provide appropriate support.

University Recognition
IB Diploma graduates gain admission to selective colleges and universities throughout the world. Students with strong IB results may also receive advanced standing or course credit, depending on the policy of the institution of higher education they are attending.