International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

A focus on personal and academic excellence

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program offers a liberal arts international curriculum respected by leading universities across the globe. The curriculum is made up of a program core and subjects distributed among six subject groups, which include an array of courses to choose from. The IB provides students with a holistic education that emphasizes both personal and academic excellence.

Program core curriculum

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills; it includes:

  1. Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  2. The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
  3. Creativity, activity, service (CAS), in which students complete a project related to one of those three concepts.

The Diploma Program core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills; it includes:

  1. Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  2. The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
  3. Creativity, activity, service (CAS), in which students complete a project related to one of those three concepts.

Subject groups

Students choose one subject from each of the first five groups. Their sixth subject may be chosen from the arts group or as a second subject from any of the first five. At least three, and not more than four subjects selected are taken at higher level (HL) and the others at standard level (SL).

For more information on IB subjects, visit the official IB website here.

Group 1: Studies in language and literature

English A Literature HL/SL

English A Literature & Language HL/SL

French A Literature HL/SL

French A Literature & Language HL/SL

Other languages (self-taught)*

*Lille only

Group 2: Language Acquisition

English B HL/SL*

French B HL/S

Spanish B HL/SL

Chinese B SL (Paris)

*Lille only

Groupe 3: Individuals and societies

History (English) HL/SL

Economics (French) HL/SL

Geography English HL/SL

Environmental Systems and Societies (SL)** (Paris/Lille)

** ESS fulfills the requirements of Groups 3 and 4.

Groupe 4: Sciences

Biology

Physics

Chemistry

Environmental Systems and Societies (SL)** (Paris/Lille)

**ESS fulfills the requirements of Groups 3 and 4.

Groupe 5: Mathematics

Mathematics Analysis and Approaches HL

Mathematics Analysis and Approaches SL

Mathematics Applications and Interpretation SL

Groupe 6: Arts

Visual Arts HL/SL

Theater SL

Students not wishing to follow these Theater or Visual Arts can choose another subject from Groups 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Photo de la cérémonie de la remise des diplômes du high school diploma

High School diploma

École Jeannine Manuel awards its 12th-grade students a High School Diploma at the end of their studies. The High School Diploma symbolizes the international character of our school and is recognized by prestigious universities worldwide.