Canadian International School, Bangladesh is a Canadian accredited school by the Ministry of Education, Nova Scotia, Canada and by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). At CISB, we follow Canadian curriculum from Early Years through to Grade 9 and then dual track programs of Canadian (Nova Scotia) and IBDP from Grade 10 to 12 .
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is a pre-university course of studies, leading to examinations, which meet the needs of motivated secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19 years. Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum enabling graduates to fulfill requirements of various national and international education systems, the diploma model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of many. The program offers special features in addition to the traditional strengths of a liberal arts curriculum.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a required interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection upon the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. TOK challenges students to question assumptions about knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases, and to develop a personal mode of thought, using analysis of evidence expressed in rational argument. A key element in the IB’s educational philosophy, TOK seeks to develop a coherent approach to learning which transcends and unifies the academic subjects and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is a key requirement of the diploma curriculum. Students are required to earn hours among these three elements in order to develop awareness, concern, and the ability to work cooperatively with others. Students actively work with and for the communities in which they live.
The Extended Essay is another requirement for diploma candidates who must undertake original research and write an essay of 4000 words. Universities particularly favor this component of IB, as it replicates students’ real-life experience on the collegiate level.
Coursework in for International Baccalaureate involves a two-year program that contains six academic areas. Subjects are studied concurrently, and students are exposed to the two great traditions of learning: the humanities and the sciences. Diploma candidates are required to select one subject from each of the six subject groups. At least three and not more than four are taken at Higher Level (HL), the others are Standard Level (SL). HL courses represent 240 teaching hours; SL courses cover 150 hours. By arranging work in this fashion, students are able to explore some subjects in depth and some more broadly over the two-year period.