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KING ABDULAZIZ SCHOOL is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. **


*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: The Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit


**Mission Statement from the IB

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


KAS is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and pursuing authorization as an IB World School.


Scores of 4+ (IB scale is 1-7) can earn credit     depending on college/university

Colleges are looking at the following characteristics when they evaluate candidates for admission to their campus.

  • Rigor of coursework undertaken by the prospective candidate
  • SAT & ACT Test scores
  • GPA*
  • Class Rank
  • Application Essay
  • Work/School Activities

The average acceptance rate of IB students into university/college is 22% higher than the average acceptance rate of the total population.


University or College


IB Students Acceptance Rate


Total Population Acceptance Rate


IB Students vs Total Population

University of Florida

82%          42%


Georgia Institute of


81%          59%


Brown University

18% 9%


Stanford University

15% 7%


Columbia University

13% 9%


University of California –


58%          26%


Harvard University

10% 7%



64%         34 %


Emory University

78%          42%


University of Miami

72%          30%


Cornell University

31%          18%


Duke University

28%          16% +12%
University of Pennsylvania 24%          14%


Yale University

18%            7% +11%
University of Georgia 95%          65%


Boston University

70%          58% +12%

University of California Los


48%          23%


University of Virginia 64%          32%


UNC Chapel Hill

63%          32% +31%
Princeton University 16% 8%



Source: IBDP Graduate Destinations Survey 2011/12 conducted by I-graduate International Insight

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The 2011 study of IB students ‘experiences

after high school found that IB students

graduated from college at higher rate, will

81%of IB students graduating within 6 years

of enrolling full-time at a 4-year institution,

compared to the national average of 57%.


The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a two-year academically challenging, rigorous and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students aged 16 to 19 (Grade 11 and 12) for success at university and life beyond. The diploma programme has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of young adults. Leading Universities worldwide recognize and respect the outstanding and varied qualities of IB Diploma students. The IB Diploma Programme curriculum is made up of the DP Core and Six Subject Groups.


  • Studies in Language and Literature
  • Language Acquisition
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts

Each Subject Group offers different courses and students must choose one subject from each of the first five groups and either an Arts subject or second subject from groups 1 to 5.

To find out more about the DP Curriculum, please either visit


The Extended Essay asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. The world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance, which they examine through the lens of at least two DP projects.
The Theory of Knowledge develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.


Students take written examinations at the end of the DP, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. The Diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the Creativity, Action, Service requirement. The highest total that a DP student can be awarded is 45 points.



The IB Diploma Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they:

  • Develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • Acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from 6 subject groups
  • Develop the skills and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare them for higher education
  • Study at least two languages and increase the understanding of cultures, including their own
  • Make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course
  • Undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the extended essay
  • Enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, action and service


To find out more about the DP, please visit

Introduction to the DP (In English)

Introduction to the DP (Arabic)