The IBO Diploma Programme (DP) was created in 1968. Szkoła Europejska was the first school in Łódź and its region to prepare students to IB Diploma Exams. It is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to final examinations. It is designed for secondary school students aged 16 to 19. The programme has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to Polish as well as the world\’s leading universities.
The IB DP generally allows students to fulfill the requirements of their national or state education systems. The DP incorporates the best elements of national systems, without being based on any one. Internationally mobile students are able to transfer from one DP school to another. Students who remain closer to home benefit from a highly respected international curriculum.

The DP has the strengths of a traditional and broad curriculum, but with three important additional features, shown at the centre of the hexagonal programme model.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is an interdisciplinary requirement intended to stimulate critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside the classroom. The course challenges students to question the bases of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases and to develop the ability to analyse evidence that is expressed in rational argument. TOK is a key element in encouraging students to appreciate other cultural perspectives. The course is unique to the IBO, which recommends at least 100 hours of teaching time spanning the programme\’s two years.

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) The IBO\’s goal is to educate the whole person and foster responsible, compassionate citizens. The CAS component encourages students to share their energy and special talents with others. Students may, for example, participate in theatre or musical productions, sports and community service activities. Students should, through these activities, develop greater awareness of themselves, concern for others, and the ability to work cooperatively with other people.

Extended Essay (EE) Each student has the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest. The essay requirement acquaints DP students with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected by universities. The IBO recommends that a student devote a total of about 40 hours of private study and writing time to the essay. The essay of 4000 words permits students to deepen their programmes of study, for example by selecting a topic in one of their higher level (HL) courses. Or they might add breadth to their academic experience by electing to write in a subject not included in their programme choices.

The six academic subjects
Diploma Programme students must select one subject from each of the six groups. At least three and not more than four are taken at higher level (HL), the others at standard level (SL). Students are thus able to explore some subjects in depth and others more broadly, a deliberate compromise between the early specialization of some national systems and the breadth found in others. The science-oriented student is challenged to learn a foreign language and the natural linguist becomes familiar with laboratory procedures. Active citizenship and global perspectives are encouraged in each area of the curriculum.
Group 1 – language A1 At Szkoła Europejska students are offered Polish A1 (HL/SL) on a taught basis. Other languages can be chosen for A1 study, but the student will need to find a tutor to assist with his/her study of the language
Group 2 – second language English HL/SL German HL/SL/ ab initio French HL/SL/ab initio Spanish HL/SL ab initio
Group 3 – individuals and societies History HL/SL Geography HL/SL Economics HL/SL
Group 4 – experimental sciences Biology HL/SL Chemistry HL/SL Physics HL/SL
Group 5 – mathematics and computer science Mathematics HL/SL Mathematical Studies
Group 6 – electives. A candidate must select an additional subject from groups 2-4.

Assessing student work and awarding the diploma.
Classroom teachers and IB examiners work in partnership to ensure that students have ample opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. Grades reflect attainment of knowledge and skills relative to set standards applied equally to all schools. Responsibility for all academic judgments about the quality of candidates\’ work rests with some 5000 IB examiners worldwide, led by chief examiners with international authority in their fields. Students have to complete assignments, which are assessed both internally and externally, in all six subjects they study. The grade scale used in IB schools and during examinations: 7 – excellent; 6 – very good; 5 – good; 4 – satisfactory; 3 – mediocre; 2 – poor; 1 – very poor.
A student will receive additional points or will lose points for Extended Essay and TOK. Thus during the International Baccalaureate exam session a student may receive a maximum of 45 points (6 subjects x 7 = 42 , EE = 2 , TOK = 1).
To get the diploma a student must have a minimum of 24 points.

What is required for the award of the Diploma?
To be eligible for the award of the Diploma, all candidates must: – complete a course of study from each of the above groups – complete at least three and not more than four of the six subjects at higher level and others at standard level – achieve a minimum total of 24 points out of a maximum total of 45 (each examined subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum) – submit an extended essay in one of the subjects of the IB Curriculum – follow the course in Theory of Knowledge – complete all CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) requirements.