International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at OWIS

One World International School offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme to secondary students in Grades 11 and 12.

These last two years of secondary school are a crucial period for students as they prepare for university life. The IBDP is a valuable option that allows them to explore the subjects that interest them and establish a solid educational foundation for the future.

At OWIS, we strive to provide an educational environment that allows students to become lifelong learners, and as such, the IBDP perfectly aligns with our mission and values. The IBDP nurtures all aspects of a student’s development, and the courses are designed to support students as they grow intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially. After graduating with their IB Diploma, students are on the right path to become well-rounded, internationally-minded leaders.

The IB Diploma requirements promote:

Independent inquiry
Open-mindedness
Self-management skills
A global outlook

Students who graduate from the IBDP at OWIS head to university with strong critical thinking, research and writing skills. With these skills, IBDP students are uniquely prepared for success not only in the university but also in a professional setting.

The IB Diploma requirements include the following components: 

Theory of knowledge (TOK)

This course, which explores the nature of knowledge, is required for all IB DP students and culminates with an oral presentation and essay.

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Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

CAS allows students to participate in meaningful activities that encourage them to set goals, chart their progress and reflect and report on what they learned.

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Extended Essay

Per IB Diploma requirements, students complete a research project and write a 4,000-word paper. The extended essay not only enables students to investigate subjects that interest them but also prepares them for the rigours of undergraduate research as they learn how to frame a research question, support an argument and hone their communication skills.

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Course Selection in the following Subject Areas

The IB DP includes traditional subjects and affords students the possibility of learning at least two languages. Students choose courses in 6 subject groups:

Studies in language and literature
Language acquisition
Individuals and societies
Mathematics
Sciences
The arts

Whether they select courses at the standard or higher level, students have the opportunity to investigate issues - such as the impact of information technology on individuals and communities - that relate to the challenges of living in a diverse, 21st-century world. For the most part, assessments consist of written examinations, which provide a more objective, reliable measure of achievement. Teachers also evaluate assignments and projects.

Students in the IBDP at OWIS are required to go beyond memorising facts, data and statistics. Rather than simply master the course material, they are forced to develop their critical thinking and analysis skills by taking an in-depth look at a variety of subject areas. At the end of the programme, students will have received a well-rounded education that prepares them to better understand and analyse the world around them.

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How to Enroll in IBDP

As a multicultural, international school, we welcome students of all nationalities. Our academic year runs from August until late June, and students are enrolled for the IBDP from Grade 11 through to the end of Grade 12. 

Prospective students who wish to enrol at OWIS and consider the IBDP should begin by filling out an application for the school. It is important for parents and students to review all admission criteria and to include all components of the application before submitting it. This will ensure that your application is processed as quickly as possible.

We are proud of the fact that we offer a welcoming and diverse community that supports the development of all students. Our IBDP students are our student role models for the IB Learner Profile Attributes. We are firmly committed to ensuring our students flourish physically, intellectually, ethically and emotionally at OWIS.  

If you are interested in learning more about the IB diploma requirements and how you can enrol your child in the IBDP, contact us today. We would be happy to answer your questions or provide you with a virtual tour of our school.

Benefits of the IB Diploma

OWIS students who enrol in the IBDP during Grades 11 and 12 will find that they realise a variety of benefits by participating in this innovative educational programme. The IBDP is respected by the top universities in Singapore and across the globe, and it uniquely prepares students for life beyond the classroom.

Some of the top benefits of the IBDP at OWIS include:

Students Acquire In-Depth Knowledge About Various Subject Areas

IBDP students work closely with their teachers in order to select courses from the subject groups that best meet their strengths and interests. These in-depth courses encourage students to think critically about the topics that are presented and allow students to master the subject at hand.

Students Develop 21st Century Skills

The courses in the IBDP are structured so that students go beyond basic memorisation of facts and data. They allow students to develop the critical thinking skills they need in order to become skilful leaders in a globally-connected world. In addition, this programme requires students to be self-motivated and self-disciplined, as they are encouraged to manage their time well and work toward their goals.

The IBDP Offers a Well-Rounded Educational Experience

In addition to its rigorous academic curriculum, the IBDP includes a Creativity, Activity and Service component that encourages students to seek learning opportunities outside the classroom. Students learn to engage and give back to their communities while putting their leadership, team-building and collaborative skills to work.

IBDP Graduates are Adaptable, Lifelong Learners

Given the various subject groups that IBDP students study and the fact that they are required to complete other components that are not included in traditional degree programmes, IBDP graduates are highly adaptable. They are able to develop a love of learning and a sense of curiosity that will fuel them for the rest of their lives.

IBDP Graduates are Open Minded and Culturally Aware

In many of the IBDP courses, students study the culture and nuances behind the subject at hand. This is particularly true in the language courses, where students not only learn how to use a language in a variety of contexts, but they also learn more about the cultures and traditions associated with that language.

Hear from OWIS Parents

Christina O.

Mother of Samuel, Alyssa and Jacob

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The school places the children first. The back to basics feeling of prioritising what matters, which forms the educational and social well being of all students attending OWIS, is a plus for me.

Christina O.

Mother of Samuel, Alyssa and Jacob

Prospective students who wish to enrol at OWIS and consider the IBDP should begin by filling out an application for the school. It is important for parents and students to review all admission criteria and to include all components of the application before submitting it. This will ensure that your application is processed as quickly as possible.

We would be happy to answer your questions or provide you with a virtual tour of our school.

To learn more about our IBDP Programme and the core components of the Diploma Programme, contact us today.