Baccalaureate High School




The Diploma Programme is an exacting programme of pre-university studies, designed for students aged 16 to 19.

The Diploma Programme is an exacting programme of pre-university studies, designed for students aged 16 to 19.

The International School of Siena is a candidate school for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that the International School of Siena believes is important for our students.

The International School of Siena plans to begin implementing the DP from September 2019

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 concurrent study of a choice of scholastic subjects.

DP students must choose one course from each of five subject groups delivering a breadth of knowledge and understanding in language and literature, individuals and societies, the sciences and mathematics. Furthermore, students must also choose either an arts course from the arts group or a second course from one of the other subject groups.


The Diploma Programme is a rigorous course of studies, conceived to prepare students thoroughly for university entry. The DP Curriculum consists of 6 discipline based subject groups and the Core, which consists of:

  • the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) 
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
  • Extended Essay (EE)

Three subjects are chosen at Higher Level (HL), the others at Standard Level (SL). Students are able to make their choices flexibly, this means they can decide which subjects to study more deeply with a view to future university attendance. The Higher Level subjects are studied more deeply and extensively than those at Standard Level. At both levels, various skills are developed, especially those of critical thought and analysis. At the end of the course, students’ achievements are evaluated by means of external examinations, Many subjects also involve tasks that are internally assessed by the teachers and externally moderated by the International Baccalaureate.

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High School Programme in English (14-18 years old)