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The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19.It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.Students learn more than a body of knowledge.


The Diploma Programme prepares students for universityand encourages them to:

  • ask challenging questions
  • learn how to learn
  • develop a strong sense of theirown identity and culture
  • develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.

To ensure that students develop a well-rounded personality, great emphasis is laid on development of skills, exposing students to different cultures while living and appreciating the local culture through educational trips and excursions and a wide range of subject options which stimulate thought and creativity and enhances international mindedness.

What is the Diploma Programme?

The IB program at G.D.G.W.S provides its students an international, cohesive, productive and conducive environment to enhance their skills and provides them with a solid base for University studies. The IB is a 2 years long, extensive, challenging and a unique pre-university course.

The Students at G.D.G.W.S have the option to take IB as a diploma program or as certificate separate subjects.

Subject Areas

The IB diploma program provides pupils with a holistic and well-rounded base for further studies. In the diploma program students are required to choose a subject from each of the 6 core subjects groups:-

  1. Group1- First Language.
    English HL/SL A1, Korean HL/SL A1, Hindi HL/SL A1

  2. Group2 -Second Languages
    English B HL/SL, Korean B HL/SL, Hindi B HL/SL, French B SL/ab initio, German B SL/ab initio/ Spanish B/ab initio

  3. Group3- Individuals and Societies
    Economics, Business Management, History, Psychology, ITGS

  4. Group4- Experimental Sciences
    Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies

  5. Group5- Mathematics and Computer Science
    Mathematics HL, SL, Studies, Computer Science

  6. Group6- Arts
    Visual arts, Theatre

Assessment and Reporting

The school has two semester exams in one year or four semester exams in two years. These exams form the summative assessment. To monitor progress and present an opportunity for counselling two interim reports are also recorded which constitute the formative assessment.

The following table shows reporting details:

First Year
Semester-I August to December
Interim report Mid-September
Semester report December
Semester-II January to May
Interim Report End February
Semester Report May
Second Year
Semester- III August to December
Interim report Mid-September
Semester report December
Semester- IV January to May
Interim Report End February
Semester Report March
Final examination May

Formative assessments can be in the form of class tests, assignments, quizzes, debates, interactive, art works, etc. These reports help students, parents, coordinator, form tutors to monitor attitude towards work and highlight students who are having difficulties and those who are doing well. It also gives an opportunity to the teacher to evaluate and modify teaching strategies to suit the needs of students.

The interim reportcarries the assessment marks of all subjects. These marks are converted into IB points. The student carries this home. A copy of the same is maintained in school

The semester report carries marks achieved in all internal assessments along with the semester exam marks. The distribution of marks is as per subject criterion. The report card is given to parents during the parent teacher meeting.

The effort grade in the report card is explained in the table below:

Grade Standard Skills considered
A Excellent

Concentration, behavior, use of time, standard of work, neatness, completeness,completion of task, ability to meet deadlines

B V Good
C Good
D Weak
E Unsatisfactory


To impart IB philosophy of community involvement and citizenship all students taking up the diploma will need to take part in the Community, Action and Service program. The purpose of the Creativity, Action and Service program is to instil confidence, independence and awareness. It also inculcates vital traits such as self-reliance and helps develop the child’s skills and interests.

A student is expected to engage in activities that provides a good mixture all three components, creativity, action and service. At the end of the two years program a student is expected to complete at least 50 hours each of creativity, action and service to successfully complete this component of the course.

Creativity can be interpreted as an activity in which a student uses his imagination and covers a wide range of domains from art to drama to create something new.

Action not necessarily means sports, expeditions or activities of endurance it can include a wide range of activities that may include carrying out of creativity projects or service orientated projects.

Service does not necessarily mean social service it can include a range of activities such as environmental conservation activities, assisting a teacher or even mentoring younger students in sports or academically. In broad terms it can include any activity in which you are extending your help in exchange for no monetary or other forms of personal gains.