Diploma Program (Grades 11 & 12)

The culminating achievement of students graduating from AIS, the IB Diploma Program (DP) represents more than a proven pathway to some of the finest universities and careers; it’s the pathway to students becoming lifelong learners and caring, well-rounded human beings making a difference in the world. 

Building on the attitudes, concepts, knowledge, skills and action developed in the Primary Years and Middle Years Programs, the Diploma Program provides students in grades 11 and 12 with a depth and breadth of courses that enable them to hit the ground running when they reach college.

In the DP, students take six subjects from the groups outlined below, three at standard level and three at higher level:

  • Arts
  • Computer Science
  • Experimental Sciences
  • Individuals & Societies
  • Language & Literature
  • Language Acquisition
  • Mathematics
  • Design

These six academic subjects are centered around three core principles.


Core Principles

List of 3 items.

  • Theory of Knowledge

    Through this mandatory course, students further hone their critical thinking skills and develop as learners and human beings. The course encourages students to reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we claim to know what we know.
  • Extended Essay

    The extended essay is a 4,000-word, university-level essay for which students select and investigate a topic of special interest to them (and that’s related to one of their six DP subjects). In this year-long project, students learn to self-manage their work as well as to research, analyze and synthesize knowledge at an advanced level.
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

    Students have a curricular requirement to regularly give back to the community throughout the two-year DP program and do so in ways representing being creative (artistic activities), being active (physical or civics-related activities) and performing a service (community service).
No prior language experience is needed before students join the IB Diploma Program. Language options exist for students of all experience levels, from beginners to bilingual students.

The IBDP is awarded at the end of the second year based on students’ performance on written examinations (judged by external examiners).

At AIS, over 90% of our students pass the IB examinations as well as score 10% above the world average. And our IB graduates enjoy higher acceptance rates at top universities; usually receive higher starting salaries than their non-IB peers; and have higher average earnings over the course of their careers.

Please direct your questions about the IB Diploma program to the IB Diploma Coordinator, Adam Lapish, at alapish@aischool.org

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Atlanta International School

A private, non-profit, international, IB World School for grades 3K-12,
featuring full and dual-immersion language programs.

2890 North Fulton Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30305, USA
404.841.3840