Academics

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is an internationally recognized curriculum that offers 11th and 12th grade students an opportunity to earn the IB diploma. The DIS International Baccalaureate track starts in 9th grade with our 9th and 10th pre-IB classes. Those two grades are the foundation to prepare for the rigor of the IB program: the unique DIS Diploma Program preparation courses.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is a comprehensive two-year curriculum which promotes student autonomy, independent research and a rich, post-modern educational environment. The diploma model is designed as a microcosmic version of a university degree program. To earn the IB diploma, students complete and test in six IB subjects, write an extended essay of independent research guided by a faculty mentor, complete 150 hours of creative, action and service activities (CAS), and participate in a critical thinking course called Theory of Knowledge.

This advanced, comprehensive program of study offers an integrated approach to learning across the disciplines, with an emphasis on meeting the challenges of living and working in a global, technological society. Students who take IB courses without completing the entire program may earn IB certificates by testing in selected IB courses.

In the six academic areas, subjects are studied concurrently and students are exposed to the two great traditions of learning: the humanities and the sciences. Dallas International School is one of the only schools in North America to offer the advanced bilingual IB diploma.