A globally recognized qualification
In the years since its founding, the Diploma Programme* has become a leading, internationally recognized qualification for university entrance. It is now a hallmark of academic exellence worldwide.
Students who satisfy its demands have demonstrated strong commitment to learning, both in terms of the mastery of subject content and in the development of wide-ranging skills. They are also encouraged to appreciate the universal value of human diversity and its legitimate boundaries, while at the same time understanding the common humanity that we all share.
While each component of the Diploma Programme has specific aims and assessment objectives, the distinctive aims of the programme as a whole are to:
- provide an inter- nationally 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 German International School Sydney offers a fully bilingual IB Diploma Programme. A number of subjects are offered in either German or English, enabling students to put together a programme that fully reflects their interests and language skills and which provides the ideal basis for their future international studies.
The curriculum model arranges the six academic areas around the core requirements. Central to its philosophy is the IB Learner Profile, which is communicated through approaches to teaching and learning.
Over the course of the two-year programme, students:
- study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups
- complete an extended essay
- follow a theory of knowledge course (TOK)
- participate in creativity, action, service (CAS). Read more.
Communication with parents
In addition to school-wide parent-teacher conferences, the class tutor and parent representative hold a meeting for parents once every quarter which covers issues such as academic progress, field trips, etc. and addresses any concerns that may be raised. Parents are also issued with a weekly assessment plan to facilitate planning.
Discipline and student management
The school-wide expectations regarding behaviour, dress code, and anti-bullying procedures also apply to the IB. As students mature, they are expected to take more and more control over their own learning. To this effect, they are provided with an independent study space, the IB Study Centre, where they have access to IT facilities. Students are expected to use this resource as required during the different phases of the programme. However, IB students who fail to develop the maturity to take charge of their own learning and who fall behind on deadlines etc. may have their open campus privileges withdrawn and be issued with a detailed study timetable. For more details please see the IB Student Handbook.
Classes take place in 45 minute periods from Monday to Friday, 8.45am – 4.00pm although students may have free periods at some point during the day due to their subject choices.