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Diploma Programme (DP)

Our Community of Learners Experience

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  • The Complexities of Navigating Life in the 21st Century

    At Stratford Hall, we believe the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) should be accessible to any student who is motivated to do it. Our diverse and dynamic student population reflects that ours is not only accessible, but achievable. Our students challenge themselves, while always being themselves.

    The DP at Stratford Hall is designed to equip students with the academic skills needed for university study, further education, and their chosen profession. But more importantly, our goal is to develop good people who can make a difference in the world. From inside the classroom to international trips, and from online to on stage, students are encouraged to develop these traits through the IB Learner Profile. Our community of learners experience the complexities of navigating life in the 21st century, and in the process, develop the values and skills needed to live a fulfilled and purposeful life.

Dr. Benedict Hung, DP Coordinator

Our students are ready to learn and are ready to make a difference in the world.

Contact Us

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  • Meg Chamberlin 

    Senior School Principal
  • Gareth Jones 

    Senior School Vice Principal, Geography 12
  • Benedict Hung 

    Diploma Programme Coordinator, Mathematics 12

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  • The Principles

    The IB Diploma has really become the gold standard for university entrance. Universities regularly recruit IB students for many reasons: 
    • they already know how to work hard and manage their time;
    • they already have university-level skills and knowledge;
    • they bring a global perspective to their studies; and,
    • they contribute to their university and wider community.
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  • The Program Components

    The Diploma Programme is presented as six subject groups enclosing a central core. It encourages the concurrent study of a broad range of academic areas. Students take six courses and three DP Core Requirements.

    In each of the academic areas, students have some flexibility in making their choices, which means they can choose subjects that particularly interest them and that they may wish to study further at university. Students are required to choose one course from each of the six subject groups, although they can substitute a second choice from groups 1 to 5 instead of an arts subject in group 6.

    Typically, three subjects are taken at the Higher Level (HL), and three are taken at the Standard Level (SL). HL subjects are studied in greater depth and breadth than SL subjects. At both levels, many skills are developed, especially those of critical thinking and analysis.

    As mentioned above, all Diploma Programme students also participate in the three Core Requirements: Theory of Knowledge (ToK), Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) and the Extended Essay. These Core Requirements embody the principles that lie at the heart of the thinking behind the Diploma Programme. Stratford Hall’s Diploma Programme Coordinator and teachers are available to provide advice and support for students as they choose their courses. 

    Students graduating from Stratford Hall’s DP emerge with the attributes of mature and engaged world leaders. Through the support and guidance of the International Baccalaureate Organization’s (IB) Approaches to Teaching, our teachers are equipped with modern pedagogy for responsive and engaging education. And through the IB Approaches to Learning our students learn how to learn, to be organized, to give and receive feedback, to advocate for their individual needs, to reflect on their own learning, and to collaborate.

Frequently Asked Questions

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