The DP in a Nutshell
The Diploma Programme encompasses the 11th and 12th grades. DP Courses are offered at either the Standard Level (SL)
or the Higher Level (HL). The majority of our DP courses are two years in length. Students may choose to be an IB Certificate/Course Candidate, by taking IB exams only in subjects of their choosing, or they may choose to be an IB Full Diploma Candidate, meaning they take and test in 6 courses (3 HL and 3 SL), complete an Extended Essay (EE), take the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, and complete 150 community service hours (CAS).
All IB exams occur in May of a student’s senior year. The schedule is dictated by the IBO, and the IB Coordinators of Reagan organize and set up the examination process according to strict IB regulations.
Internal Assessments (IAs)
Each DP subject incorporates one or more Internal Assessments into the curriculum. The IAs are mandatory for all students participating in the course. A certain number of students from each course will be chosen by IB to have their
IAs sent to an international location for further assessment (this is called moderation).
The Extended Essay (EE)
This is a 4000 word essay that all Full Diploma Candidates do on a specific topic of their choosing. Work begins in the junior year and is completed senior year.
TOK (Theory of Knowledge)
TOK is a one year critical thinking course that teaches students how to analyze information, reflect on their thinking, and clearly articulate their positions. All Full Diploma students must take this course.
CAS (Creativity, Action, Service)
CAS is the community service requirement for all Full Diploma students. Students are required to volunteer 150 hours over the 2 year DP in the areas of creativity, action, and service.