Get a glimpse of what happens in the IBDP program at Taipei Kuei Shan School.

IBDP Highlights

The IB Diploma is a comprehensive two-year pre-university course of study aimed at students aged 16-19 leading to the IB Diploma or to separate subject certificates. The IB offers a flexible curriculum and external examinations each May all around the world and it is widely recognized by the leading universities.

The Diploma Program
Aims of the DP Program

The IB aims to provide a balanced program, which stimulates thought and creativity and enhances the international outlook of students. Students who satisfy the demands of the program demonstrate a strong commitment to learning in terms of knowledge and skills.

The purpose of the IB curriculum is to:

Educate young people to act intelligently and responsibly in a complex society.

Equip students with a genuine understanding of themselves and others, heightening the capacity for tolerance and respect for different point of views.

Ensure knowledge and skills that will make the student succeed in college.

Develop critical-thinking and reflective skills through an academically demanding program of study that fosters research skills and independent learning, therefore creating lifelong learners.

Provide students with a globally recognized university entrance qualification.

For more information about the DP, please consult our TKSS High School Handbook or the IBO Website.

What do students study?

IB Diploma students choose a course from each of the following six subject areas:

  • Studies in language and literature

  • Language acquisition

  • Individuals and societies

  • Sciences

  • Mathematics

  • The arts (Instead of a course in the arts, students can opt to study another sciences, individuals and societies, or language acquisition course.)

Students study three subjects at standard level. And they also study three subjects at a higher level, for which students are expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills.

Core parts of the Diploma Programme

As well as studying six subject areas, students complete three core parts of the IB Diploma which are central to the philosophy of the programme. These are:

1. Extended essay

All students carry out an in-depth research project on a topic of their choice, producing a 4,000-word paper. Doing this helps students:

  • Develop their capacity to analyse, synthesize and evaluate knowledge

  • Prepare for undergraduate research

  • Explore a topic of special interest to them in depth

  • Formulate an appropriate research question

  • Learn how to communicate ideas

  • Develop an argument 

The essay might be related to one of a student’s six DP subjects. It can also be about an issue of contemporary global significance including: the food crisis, climate change, terrorism, energy security, migration, health and technology. 

2. Theory of Knowledge

Through an oral presentation and a 1,600 word essay, this part of the IB Diploma gives students an opportunity to reflect on how we know what we claim to know.

By answering this, and related questions, students:

  • Gain greater awareness of their personal assumptions and biases

  • Develop an appreciation of the cultural perspectives of others

  • Become aware of themselves as thinkers and more familiar with the complexity of knowledge

  • Can recognise the need to act responsibly in an increasingly interconnected but uncertain world.

3. Creativity, action, service

This element of the IB Diploma involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies, including:

  • Creativity: arts and experiences that involve creative thinking

  • Action: physical exercise

  • Service: an unpaid and voluntary exchange that has a learning benefit for the student.

Getting involved in these things:

  • Enhances students personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning

  • Provides an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the rest of the Diploma Programme

  • Offers a challenging and enjoyable, personal journey of self-discovery

  • Provides often profound and life-changing opportunities.

Students need to record their activities and provide evidence that they have achieved eight key learning outcomes.