Diploma Program


dar al marefa strives to build a consistent, challenging and safe learning environment that supports each child in exploring his or her full potential. Our students will be lifelong learners who will always be proud of who they are, cherish their own values and beliefs, respect differences and other cultures and are hence ready to join the world with open-mindedness, tolerance and confidence.



“The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

Taken from the IBO website www.ibo.org



Since 1968 the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) has been offering a challenging pre-university programme for students around the world. The IBO now offers 4 programmes to provide “a truly international education” (IBO.org) to over 1 million students in almost 4000 private and state schools. There is increasing evidence that an IB education really does benefit students as they go into higher education and careers. The International Baccalaureate is based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Examinations Office is located in Cardiff, Wales in the United Kingdom.

The IB covers four programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP), along with the Career-related Certificate (IBCC).

Only schools officially approved by the IB Organization are authorized to offer and to present candidates for examinations. dar al marefa is a member of the International Baccalaureate Organization.

The IB Diploma Program (DP) is a rigorous pre-university course of studies, leading to external examinations that meet the needs of highly motivated secondary students between the ages of 16 and 19 years. Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum, the diploma model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of many.


IB Diploma Programme Framework










The above model provides a visual depiction of the DP’s various components which make it such an exceptional holistic programme. These include:

  1. At the Center – IB Learner Profile – the attributes the IB hopes to see grow and develop in the life of the Diploma student.
  2. Approaches to teaching and learning are included in the inner circle demonstrating the DP’s commitment to particular pedagogical approaches to teaching and to developing particular skills for learning.
  3. The outer circle entitled “international-mindedness” gives the required emphasis to how all DP teaching and learning should take place within a spirit of tolerance and healthy openness as students grow as global citizens within the framework of international-mindedness.
  4. As the diagram’s widest circle shows DP students study six subjects – one from each subject group. The distribution requirements ensure that the science-oriented student is challenged to learn a foreign language and that the natural linguist becomes familiar with laboratory procedures. While overall balance is maintained, flexibility in selecting an extra subject from one particular group allows the students to pursue areas of personal interest and to meet special requirements for university entrance.
  5. The IB Diploma is a holistic programme in which all “full diploma” students complete three CORE requirements that are depicted in the lighter shaded circle to highlight how these curricular aspects provide a contrast to the rigors of the academic disciplines.

Taken from the IBO website www.ibo.org


IB AT dar al marefa

Dar al marefa was authorized to deliver the Primary Years Programme in 2013. Dar al marefa is a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme. The Diploma Programme was authorized in July 2014 and we are looking forward to seeing our first DP cohort graduating in 2016. 

The IB mission matches with the school philosophy and we firmly believe that all students should have the opportunity to benefit from this innovative, internationally minded programme.


As part of our school philosophy, that we share with the IB, we believe in students being bilingual and thus we offer Arabic and English as Language A. The purpose of Arabic is to keep them close to their roots and culture and that of English is to enable them to be fluent and functional in another language. At dar al marefa, the students are exposed to both the languages at pre- primary stage. We believe strongly in multilingualism and have therefore implemented the teaching of Arabic and English for all our MYP 1 – MYP 5 (Middle Years Programme) through to IB Diploma.



The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) at dar al marefa builds on our IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP), which is the course of study in Grades 6-10 (age 11-16). The IBDP is a two-year (Grades 11-12, or age 16-19) international curriculum that allows students to fulfill the requirements for entrance to university.

Diploma Candidate students should choose the IB courses and level based on their academic strengths and weaknesses, interests, and future education plans. It is strongly recommended that students consult with parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, and the IB coordinator as decisions are made about course selections. Feel free to set up individual conferences with the IB Coordinator.


The academic subjects that will be offered at dar al marefa (in 2014) are as follows:

GROUP 1: Studies in Language and Literature

Arabic A-Language & literature


GROUP 2: Language Acquisition

English B


GROUP 3: Individuals and Societies

Business and Management Higher Level (online)


GROUP 4: Experimental Sciences

Biology Standard Level

Chemistry Higher Level


GROUP 5: Mathematics and Computer Science

Mathematics SL


GROUP 6: The Arts and Electives

Visual Arts Higher Level


As an alternative to Visual Arts, a candidate may take another subject from Groups 1-5. Please see the DP coordinator for subject combinations

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