Over the two-year programme course, students:
- study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups;
- complete an extended essay;
- follow a Theory of Knowledge Course (TOK);
- participate in the process of creativity, action and service (CAS).
The students are expected to study:
- three of the six subjects at Higher Level (HL) (courses representing 240 teaching hours);
- the remaining three subjects at Standard Level (SL) (courses representing 150 teaching hours).
DIPLOMA PROGRAMME COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
All the course subjects are taught in the English language except for Lithuanian literature and foreign language courses.
Extended Essay (EE) is a piece of work written by a student, the length of which is 4,000 words. In EE students are expected to:
- show their abilities to investigate individually a topic taken from one of the student's six DP subjects;
- demonstrate high-level research and intellectual discovery in approximately 40 hours of work;
- with the help of a supervisor (who is one of the teachers) complete his/her ideas.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
The purpose of TOK course is:
- to develop a coherent approach to learning that expands the academic areas and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives;
- to encourage students to reflect on the huge cultural shifts worldwide, the knowledge of their own culture and the influence of digital revolution;
- to promote individual critical thinking about knowledge itself and help students make sense of what they encounter;
- to enrich or deepen understanding of various spheres of life;
- to encourage students to share ideas with each other and express their views on knowledge.
Creativity, action, service (CAS)
- to involve students in a range of activities developed during their academic studies throughout the IB Diploma Programme;
- to engage students in creative thinking;
- to encourage students to take part in arts and other experiences;
- to complement students’ academic work with physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle in the process of action;
- to encourage students’ service while participating in different voluntary exchanges.
In IB Diploma Programme classes, students are assessed according to IB mark scale ranging from 1 (low) to 7 (high) with 4 (satisfactory) considered to be the "passing grade". Therefore, KJHS applies IB grading scale which is as follows: 7 – excellent; 6 – very good; 5 – good; 4 – satisfactory; 3 – mediocre; 2 – poor; 1 – very poor.
To be rewarded with the IB Diploma, a student should achieve a minimum of 24 IB points (IB grade 4 in 6 subjects). The maximum possible Diploma score is 45 points (IB grade 7 in 6 subjects plus 3 bonus points). However, there are specific IB requirements, which means that a student scoring a 1 (very poor) in any subject does not receive the Diploma, even if the total score is 24 or greater. Similarly, a student scoring a 3 in one subject at HL still needs to reach a total of 12 points at HL, or an overall Diploma total of 28 points.
Consequently, we recommend students to labour for the total of 28 points with no failing conditions to be considered strong IB Diploma candidates.