Diploma Years

We’re the first school in Emilia-Romagna authorised to offer the IB Diploma Program, and one of only three schools in Italy authorised to offer all 3 IB programs – PYP, MYP and DP.

The Diploma Programme is an exacting programme of pre-university studies, designed for students aged 16 to 19. The International School of Modena has been offering this course since September 2015, drawing considerably on the experience of our sister school in Milan, which has offered the programme since 1987.

It is an extensive programme lasting two years (Grades 12 and 13) which encourages students to be well-informed and inquiring, but also to show generosity and solidarity. Particular emphasis is given to helping students develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness and the necessary attitudes to respect and value the world from different points of view.

The course is built around 6 academic areas that enclose a central core. It encourages simultaneous study of a wide choice of scholastic subjects. Pupils study:

  • Two (or three) modern languages;
  • History;
  • One (or two) experimental science(s);
  • Mathematics.

Three subjects (or a maximum of four) are chosen at Higher Level (HL), the others at Standard Level (SL). The Higher Level subjects are studied more deeply and extensively than those at Standard Level.

The DP Curriculum DP consists of 6 study areas and the core programme consists of the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service and the Extended Essay.

At both levels, various skills are developed, especially those of critical thought and analysis.

At the end of the course, students’ abilities are evaluated by means of external assessment tools. Many subjects also involve tasks that are assessed by the teachers.

The vast range of subjects makes the Diploma Programme a highly exacting course of studies, conceived to prepare students thoroughly for university entry.

Pupils are able to make their choices flexibly, in the context of the thematic areas: this means they can decide which subjects to study more deeply with a view to future university attendance.

The Core Programme.

All diploma students take the three required components that constitute the Core Programme. Reflection on these activities is a principle underlying the philosophy that inspires the educational-academic programme leading to the IB Diploma.

The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course encourages students to reflect on the nature of their learning and on the study process that is uniformly applied to all disciplines included in the Programme. They are also encouraged to find links between the different academic areas. The Extended Essay, consisting of a maximum of 4,000 words, enables students to research more deeply into a freely-chosen subject that interests them particularly. In this way, furthermore, they are led to develop the autonomous research skills they will need at university. Creativity, Activity and Service are fundamental aspects of students’ educational experience. They also include a series of artistic, sports and physical activities as well as voluntary work aimed at training them to become active and responsible citizens.

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