Diploma Programme

Ever since 2010, the Heads of school, faculty, and trustees have built a strong SIS community in which each student receives a well-rounded, progressive, and compassionate education. Through robust curricula and meaningful lessons, our students grow into conscientious leaders, creative problem-solvers, and culturally aware citizens who connect to their school, local, and global communities. Our ever-evolving teaching and learning practices benefit and provide a multitude of opportunities for our students. Our diverse and forward-thinking alumni are evidence of this success. All these elements come together to keep Sreenidhi International School at the forefront of education in the 21st century.

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is a rigorous, academically challenging and balanced programme of education designed to prepare students aged 16 to 19 years for success at university and life beyond. The DP aims to encourage students to be knowledgeable, inquiring, caring and compassionate. It develops intercultural understanding, open-mindedness and the right attitude necessary to respect and evaluate a range of viewpoints.

To ensure both breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, Diploma students at Sreenidhi are required to choose six subjects from six distinct groups. At least three, and not more than four subjects are taken at higher level (HL) with 240 recommended teaching hours. The remaining are taken at standard level (SL) with 150 recommended teaching hours. Students may choose to replace the arts course with a second course either from a Group 3 or a Group 4 subject. We ensure that candidates tailor their learning and career choices to their individual strengths.

Group 1:

Studies in Language and Literature
• English Language and Literature HL/SL

Group 2:

Language Acquisition
• French B SL
• French ab initio
• Spanish B SL
• Spanish ab initio
• Hindi B SL

Group 3:

Individuals and Societies
• Economics HL/SL
• Business and Management HL/SL
• Psychology HL/SL
• History SL

Group 4:

• Physics HL/SL
• Chemistry HL/SL
• Biology HL/SL
• Computer Science HL/SL
• Environmental Systems and Societies SL
• Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences SL

Group 5:

• Analysis and Approaches HL/SL
• Applications and Interpretations HL/SL

Group 6:

The Arts
• Visual Arts HL/SL

In addition, three core elements, the Extended Essay (EE), Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), are compulsory and central to the philosophy of the programme.

While the maximum score in Diploma is 45 points, each subject is graded on a scale from 1 to 7 and the points are then added together, which gives a maximum of 42 for the six subjects. The remaining 3 points are taken from EE and TOK.

At Sreenidhi, we aim to broaden the students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills through the three core components.

Extended Essay is meant to be completed during the two years course while following the internal DP Calendar. Students are guided through the process of research and writing by an assigned teacher supervisor. All students undertake three mandatory reflection sessions with their supervisor, including a short interview, or viva voce, following the completion of the extended essay. Extended essay topics may be chosen from a list of approved DP subjects, normally one of the student’s six chosen subjects for the IB diploma or the world studies option. World studies provide students with the opportunity to carry out an in-depth interdisciplinary study of an issue of contemporary global significance, using two IB disciplines.

Using TOK, students identify and analyze the various kinds of justifications used to support knowledge claims, formulate, evaluate and attempt to answer knowledge questions and examine how academic disciplines/areas of knowledge generate and shape knowledge.

CAS is a mandatory requirement to complete Diploma though it is not formally assessed. It begins at the start of DP and continues regularly for 18 months, including a variety of experiences. To name a few, students at Sreenidhi use CAS as an opportunity to plan, design and create mural paintings for the nearby school community, organize and participate in sports team activities including training sessions and matches against other teams, student volunteers also take part in weekly tutoring in English and Math on Saturdays for the nearby government school children, while creating their own lesson plans, under the supervision of the CAS Coordinator/Advisor. They also demonstrate their seven learning outcomes through unique exhibits at ‘Meraki – The CAS Exhibition’ in the school premises.