KIS IB Diploma

At KIS the IB Diploma Program is optional and fully integrated into the US accredited KIS High School Diploma curriculum delivered to grades 11-12.


The IB is a rigorous program which involves studying a minimum of six subjects, three at higher level (HL) and three at standard level (SL). Examination papers are set by the International Baccalaureate and marked externally. Students must also:

  • Complete at least 100 hours of instruction in an interdisciplinary course called Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Complete an extended essay of 3000-4000 words involving independent research in an IB subject
  • Participate in an approved 150 hour program of creative, active and community service activities (CAS or Creativity, Activity and Service)

The IB Diploma program model indicates the 6 subject areas from which choice of subjects are made. KIS IB Diploma subjects are chosen from each of the following six groups below:

Group Subject Courses
1 Group 1
(Studies in Language & Literature)
English A Language & Literature HL/SL and Korean A SL/HL
2 Group 2
(Language Acquisition)
English B SL, Hindi B SL/HL, Spanish B SL/HL, Spanish Ab SL, German B SL/HL, Korean B SL/HL, French B SL/HL and Tamil B SL
3 Group 3
(Individuals & Societies)
Business Management SL/ HL, Economics SL/HL, History SL/HL, Psychology SL/HL, Global Politics SL/HL and World Religion SL
4 Group 4
Biology SL/HL, Chemistry SL/HL, Physics SL/HL, Environmental Systems and Societies SL, Computer Science SL/HL and Sports, Exercice and Health Sciences SL
5 Group 5
Math Analysis & Approaches SL / HL and Math Applications & Interpretation SL
6 Group 6
(The Arts)
Visual Arts SL /HL and Theater SL / HL

Students may take one subject from each of the six groups, or one subject each from Groups 1 – 5 and a second subject from Groups 3 – 4. KIS courses which are available at IB Higher or Standard Level are indicated in the respective department sections of the KIS Curriculum Guide.

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