The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)

The Mission of Naisula School is to develop young men and women of high integrity who are resilient, adaptable and with a disposition to continue with higher education and become socially responsible citizens of the world.In order to further this Mission, Naisula School is now an IB World School authorized to offer the IB Diploma Program.These are schools that share a common philosophy, a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Naisula School believes is important for our students.The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is for students aged 17-19 years.

The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. IB Diploma Programme Subjects.

The IB Diploma Programme is offered as a package consisting of three core modules and a choice of six subjects from the courses offered.

Core Subjects

Theory of Knowledge (TOK): Enables students to reflect on the nature of knowledge as well as give them time for critical reflection on their studies, what others have to say and through analysing concepts and arguments and the basis of value judgments. Extended Essay (EE): Allows learners to complete and present a 4000 word essay based on research work on a subject of their choice.

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS): learners undertake a project that provides them with an opportunity to pursue their interests in a wider sphere than their immediate school environment. The program is mainly designed by the School to meet the prescribed program of CAS.

Subject groups

There are six subject groups, which are divided into: 3 subjects at Higher Level (HL) and 3 subjects at Standard Level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at Higher Level. Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at Higher Level, and the remaining at Standard Level.

Group Subject Choices
Group 1
Studies in Language & Literature
English A (Language and Literature).
Available at Higher and Standard Levels
Students study six literary works at higher level and four at Standard level from a representative selection of genres, periods and places.
Group 2
Language Acquisition
Swahili B, French B or German B (For students with prior Knowledge of the language)
OrSwahili ab initio, French ab initio or German ab initio (For beginners)
* ab initio languages are only available at Standard level
Group 3
Individuals and Societies
History Geography Business Management Psychology (Standard Level) Global politics
Group 4
Physics Biology Chemistry Computer Science,Sports, exercise and health science
Group 5
Mathematics (Higher Level)
Mathematics (Standard Level) Mathematical studies (Standard Level only)
Group 6
Visual Arts
Visual Arts or another subject from Group 2, 3 or 4

* Students may opt to study an additional Science, Individuals and Societies, or Language course, instead of one in the Arts.

IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop global citizens who recognize their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet as well as help to create a better and more peaceful world. At Naisula School, we will strive to exemplify the qualities of the IB learner profile which aim to develop learners who are:

  • Inquirers
    These are learners who foster curiosity, development of skills for inquiry and research. The learners learn independently and with others while displaying enthusiasm and sustenance of their love of learning throughout life.
  • Knowledgeable
    The students will develop and use conceptual understanding while exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. They will engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
  • Thinkers
    They are learners who will use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. They will exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • Communicators
    IB candidates are students who express themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. They will collaborate effectively and listen carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.  
  • Principled
    IB candidates must be individuals of high integrity and honesty as these are fundamental virtues. They will develop a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. The learners in turn take responsibility for their actions and their consequences.
  • Open-minded
    Students pursuing the IBDP must develop a critical appreciation of their cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others.  They develop a strong sense of seeking and evaluating a range of points of views in order to grow from the experience.
  • Caring
    The candidate must show empathy, compassion and respect as well as a commitment to service. In addition, they will make a conscious effort to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around them. 
  • Balanced  
    The scholars will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives; intellectual, physical, and emotional to achieve well-being for themselves and others. They learn to recognize their interdependence with other people and with the world in which they live.
  • Reflective  
    Learners thoughtfully consider the world and their own ideas and experience. They work towards understanding their strengths and weaknesses in order to support their learning and personal development.
  • Risk-takers
    IB candidates will approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; they work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. They are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
    ©International Baccalaureate Organization 2013