IB Diploma Program
Since 1994, the IB Diploma Program at the American School of Warsaw has supported the educational mission and vision at ASW: a holistic curriculum that encourages students’ potential through scholarship and activities.
Student centered and comprehensive, the IBDP at ASW fosters academic, social, and personal growth through high standards and shared expectations as well as a focus on personal and communal responsibility.
Over the course of their final two years of high school, students participate in up to six courses that draw from six subject groups: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, the Sciences, Mathematics, and the Arts. In addition, students opting for the full IB Diploma are required to reflect on their learning and involvement through the course Theory of Knowledge, the co-curricular activities of Creativity, Action, and Service, and the research project of the Extended Essay.
As such, the IB Diploma Program at ASW welcomes all students in grades 11 and 12 to participate, either as a full IB Diploma student or taking part in individual Courses. The rewards of participation are high and we hope to see all of our students benefiting from such a well-regarded educational model.
For more information, please refer to our FAQs as well as the official IBO website at www.ibo.org.
- Studies in Language and Literature
- Language Acquisition
- Individuals and Societies
- The Sciences
- The Arts
- The IBDP Core
At ASW, all IB Diploma students are required to take English as a Language A at either a higher or standard level. Students may take Polish or a Self-Taught Language as a second Language A (which may replace a Language Acquisition Course or an Arts Course).
Self-Taught Language A
Students whose native language is not offered at ASW do have the possibility of taking Language A as a self-taught course at the Standard Level (SL) in Literature only. In such cases, the student must make arrangements for regular meetings with a qualified tutor. Please contact the IB Coordinator for more information or the Subject Guide here.
Recognizing the importance of learning an additional language, the IBDP requires all full Diploma candidates to take a second language. Language Acquisition provides students with this opportunity, regardless of previous background or exposure to the language. Three levels are offered: Language ab initio (for students with minimal exposure to the language) and Language B at both standard and higher level (for students who have academic experience in the language). ASW offers the following languages:
In the IBDP, the sciences are explorative and practical, focusing on the skills and knowledge of real world scientists. Students are encouraged to engage with the overarching theme of the “Nature of Science” in the 21st century, complete with debates surrounding ethics and the limitations of creative scientific endeavors. ASW offers the following Sciences at SL and HL:
Diploma Program Mathematics provides study of the subject for a range of needs, interests, and abilities. Each course aims for students to develop their mathematical knowledge as well as abstract thought and generalization. Combined with an international scope and the multiplicity of mathematics from various cultures and historical perspectives, IBDP Maths asks students to truly employ logic, critical and creative thinking.
Mathematics Studies - SL
Supporting the holistic, encompassing nature of the full IB Diploma Program, the Arts provide a critical, creative approach to a discipline with an emphasis on research into a relevant genre. Although not required (students may elect to take a third language or a second course from the DP offerings), the Arts encourage and develop a reflective awareness of culture, history, and time and space while fostering student expression.
At the center of the Diploma Program is a group of engaging courses and activities the provide students with opportunities to explore the nature of knowledge (Theory of Knowledge), develop their imaginative, physical, and social well-being (Creativity, Action, and Service), and formally complete a full research paper (Extended Essay). Although a requirement only for full Diploma students, we encourage all students in the Diploma Program to take part in these enriching components. Students may also elect to take these components as an IBDP Course and receive a mark or score from the IBO.
Do I have to do the full IB Diploma?
Although we encourage all students to consider the full IB Diploma and will support all students who wishes to pursue it, we recognize that the IBDP may not fit every student in all situations. All students at ASW graduate with a fully accredited high school diploma, giving them access to postsecondary schools worldwide. In addition, students may elect to take IBDP Courses, which may provide them certain advantages in university applications, college credit, or a combination thereof. Please speak with the IBDP Coordinator or the High School Counselors for guidance and further information.
What are the differences between the higher and the standard levels?
This varies from subject to subject. However, in general, an HL subject covers more material and goes into more depth. When choosing subjects for the program, it is important to talk to the teacher, IB Coordinator or High School Counselors to choose the higher level subjects most appropriate to interest and future plans.
What if I want to change from HL to SL, or vice versa, once I have started my program?
This does sometimes happen but, in some cases, it is not possible to change courses because of scheduling difficulties. It is important to see the High School Counselors and IB coordinator as soon as possible to discuss any possible changes and how these will affect the program.
How are the IB exams graded?
All IB subjects are graded on a scale of 1-7, with 7 being the highest grade. The maximum points which can be earned are 45; 7 for each subject and a possible 3 bonus points from TOK combined with the Extended Essay.
Every subject combines both Internal and External Assessment, allowing students the opportunity to apply their skills, knowledge, and understanding of a subject throughout the two year course.
What are IAs (Internal Assessment)?
Each IB subject has an Internal Assessment component, which counts towards the final grade in that subject. These are assignments, which are assessed by the subject teachers at ASW and then externally moderated by the IB. It is important to stress the significance of these assignments, since they make up between 20%-40% of the final grade, depending on the subject area.
When do the IA’s happen?
Internal Assessments are conducted throughout the two year course of study. Please see the Internal Assessment Google Calendar.
Is there a mock exam session?
Yes, currently, mock exams are scheduled towards the end of March and attempt to give students an authentic IB exam experience.
When are the IB results published?
Students receive a password and pin number and access their results online on July 6. However, before this date, students should request that their results be sent to the college or university of their choice. The IBDP Coordinator will work with students to ensure this process is completed.
What happens if my university requires my results be certified?
(Universities in Poland and some other countries require that an officially, stamped version of the results are sent very early in July).
If such results need to be sent, the IB Coordinator needs to be informed, in advance, so that arrangements can be made for a signed and stamped copy to be available to students after the 6th July.
What does the IB Diploma look like and when do I get it?
For IB diploma candidates, who have successfully earned the diploma, two documents are issued, which are delivered to ASW in early September. One is the diploma document and the second (and more important for university purposes) is the results certificate, which shows the grades earned for each subject and the overall grade received. Graduates can either collect their documents personally from the high school office or we can forward them, if a request is made and we have the correct address.