The IB program is offered at schools around the world. The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers four educational programs: the IB Diploma Program and the IB Career-related Program for students aged 15 to 19, the IB Middle Years Programme for students aged 11 to 16, and the IB Primary Years Program for children aged 3 to 12.

    The program’s mission is for IB learners to become Thinkers, Communicators, Risk-takers and Inquirers who are Principled, Reflective, Open minded, Balanced, Caring, and Knowledgeable.

    The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) is a two-year educational program for 16-to-19-year-olds. The program has an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognized by many universities worldwide.

    IBDP is taught in schools in over 140 countries, in English, French, or Spanish. In order to participate in the IB program, students have to attend an IB school.

    IBDP students complete six subjects, one from each subject group, and three core requirements. Students are evaluated by internal and external assessments. At the end of the courses, series of examinations are given usually consisting of two or three timed written tests.

    Internal assessment may consist of written work, practical work, or oral presentations.

  • CORE

    In order to receive an IB diploma, a student must complete three core requirements, and also pass his or her subject examinations:

    • Extended essay (EE): Students have to write an independent research essay of up to 4,000 words in a subject from the list of approved EE subjects.
    • Theory of knowledge (TOK): This course introduces students to theories about the nature of knowledge and provides practice in critical thinking. Students are required to complete100 hours of instruction and write an essay of 1600 words on their chosen topic.
    • Creativity, activity, service (CAS): CAS provides students with opportunities for personal growth, awareness of themselves as responsible members of their communities and intellectual challenges through participation in social or community work (service), athletics or other physical activities (activity), and creative activities (creativity). Students spend about 3-4 hours a week participating in their selected activities.

    Which subjects are required for the IB Program?

    Students who pursue the IB diploma must take six subjects. Three or four subjects must be taken at Higher level (HL) and the rest at Standard level (SL).

    • Studies in language and literature
    • Language acquisition: An additional language, taken at the following levels: Language B (SL or HL), or Language ab initio (SL only).
    • Humanities and social sciences: Business Management, Economics, Geography, History, Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS), Philosophy, Psychology, and Social and Cultural Anthropology and Global Politics.
    • Experimental sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Design Technology and Computer Science.
    • Mathematics: Mathematical Studies SL, Mathematics SL and HL, and Further Mathematics HL.
    • The arts: Dance, foreign languages, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Film.

    All subjects (with the exception of CAS) are evaluated by internal and external assessors.

    The externally assessed examinations are given in May. Each exam usually consists of two or three papers, generally written on the same or successive weekdays. The grading of all external assessments is done by independent examiners appointed by the IB.

    Points are given on a 1 to 7 scale, with 7 being equal to A*, 6 equal to A, and so on. Up to three additional points are awarded depending on the grades achieved in the extended essay and theory of knowledge. The maximum possible point total in the IBDP is 45.

    In order to receive an IB diploma, students have to receive a minimum of 24 points or an average of four (or C) out of a possible seven points for six subjects. Students also have to complete all of the requirements for the EE, CAS and TOK.


    The IB diploma is accepted by over 2,000 universities in 75 countries. The IB also maintains a list of universities offering scholarships to IBDP graduates under conditions specified by each institution, including 58 colleges and universities in the United States.

    IB program has a very demanding curriculum, especially for students who are simultaneously preparing for the SATs and completing their foreign university applications.

    At Puza Academy, we offer academic support to our students in their IB courses through private lessons and tutorial classes. Some of the courses offered at our institution are:

    • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
    • The Extended Essay (EE)
    • IB Language A: Literature
    • IB Language A: Language and Literature
    • IB Literature and Performance
    • IB Business Management
    • IB Economics
    • IB Philosophy
    • IB Psychology
    • IB Biology
    • IB Computer Science
    • IB Chemistry
    • IB Physics
    • IB Mathematical Studies SL
    • IB Mathematics
    • IB Further Mathematics HL
    • IB Mathematics Analysis and Approaches