Authorised in July 2014, the Diploma Programme 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 fulfil the requirements for entrance into university education.

The IB Mission Statement

“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 organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations 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.”

To know more, please visit the IBO website: www.ibo.org
Introduction to the IB

Started in 1968, the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) offers four challenging pre-university programmes to provide “a truly international education” to over 1 million students in almost 4000 private and state schools.

The IB covers four programmes:

Primary Years Programme
Middle Years Programme
Diploma Programme
Career-related Certificate

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 Diploma Program (DP) meet the needs of highly motivated secondary students between the ages 16 to 19 years. Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum, the diploma model incorporates the best elements of countries across the globe.

IB Diploma Programme Framework

IB Diploma Programme Framework

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

  • At the Center – IB Learner Profile – the attributes the IB hopes to see grow and develop in the life of the Diploma student. 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.
  • The outer circle entitled “international-mindedness” gives the required emphasis on how 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

To know more, visit the IBO website: www.ibo.org

The IB Curriculum at Dar Al Marefa

Dar Al Marefa is an IB world school offering Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP).

The IB mission matches with the mission of Dar Al Marefa. 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, 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 Diploma Programme at Dar Al Marefa

Our IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) builds on 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 fulfil the requirements for entrance to university.

Diploma Candidate students choose the IB courses and levels based on their academic strengths and weaknesses, interests, and future education plans. However, we encourage students to consult with parents, teachers, administrators, academic counsellors, and the IB coordinator before making their selections.

The academic subjects that are offered at Dar Al Marefa are as follows:

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature
Arabic A-Language & literature SL
Group 2: Language Acquisition
English B HL
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Business and Management HL/SL
Information Technology in Global Society (ITGS) HL/SL
Group 4: Experimental Sciences
Biology HL/SL
Chemistry SL
Physics HL
Group 5: Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics SL
Math Studies SL
Group 6: The Arts and Electives
Visual Arts HL/SL

As an alternative to Visual Arts, a candidate may choose another subject from Groups 1-5. For subject combinations, please consult with the IB DP Coordinator.