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DP 1–2

In Grade 11 and 12 at Elsa High School, the curriculum follows the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP).


The IB Diploma encourages intellectual growth, academic rigour, and personal development through a holistic and balanced approach. It opens doors to the best universities worldwide. Moreover, it helps develop lifelong learners who are prepared to make the difference to the communities they inhabit. Thus Classical Hebrew, Jewish philosophy and Advanced Modern Hebrew fit in perfectly with the IB philosophy.

Students will be able to opt for the full Diploma or individual courses in subjects of their choice. It is intended that all students will graduate with the Elsa High School Diploma which is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

For more information on the IB DP curriculum and philosophy, please visit this website.


Six subjects

To earn an IB Diploma, students are required to study six subjects (three at Higher Level, and three at Standard Level).

  • A literature course in the student’s native language
  • One additional language
  • Mathematics
  • An experimental science
  • A humanities or social science subject
  • An arts subject, or another subject from the sciences, languages or humanities

In addition to the above, students must successfully complete Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), a 4,000 word Extended Essay (similar to a university research paper), and the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

CAS is a fundamental part of the Diploma experience, helping students to focus on the importance of extracurricular activities as an integral part of life, and as a healthy counterbalance to the world of scholarship and study. Diploma candidates must demonstrate active involvement in community service, artistic and physical activities over the two-year period.

Extended Essay (EE)

Students must select, research, and write an in-depth, independent research work or “Extended Essay” of 4,000 words in one of the six subjects areas. Each student works under the guidance of an Extended Essay Supervisor. The Extended Essay requirement offers IB candidates the opportunity to become familiar with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

IB candidates are required to take an interdisciplinary critical thinking course, entitled “Theory of Knowledge”. TOK explores the interdisciplinary nature of subject disciplines and encourages critical reflection and analysis. Two assessments must also be submitted.

Grades and assessment

Standards of IB assessment are the same worldwide. An international Board of IB Chief Examiners is responsible for the conduct of the examinations, setting the papers, and marking and moderating the grades.

Each examined subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The award of the IB diploma requires a minimum total score of 24, based on the principle that a grade 4 represents a passing level in each of the six subjects. Excellent performance in the six subjects results in a grade 7 for each, or a total score of 42 points. It is possible to earn additional points – a maximum of 3 – for superior work on the Extended Essay and Theory Of Knowledge.

Subjects offered at Elsa High School

Group 1 - Language and Literature
A1 Languages
Literature (English, Hebrew, Chinese, French, Spanish)
A2 Languages
Language & Literature (English, Hebrew, Chinese, French, Spanish)

Group 2 - Language Acquisition
B Languages
(English, Hebrew, Chinese, French, Spanish)
Ab initio Languages
(Hebrew, French, Spanish)

Group 3 - Individuals and Societies
Sports, Exercise and Health Science
Environmental Systems and Societies (Group 3 and 4 subject)

Group 4 - Sciences
Computer Science
Sports, Exercise and Health Science
Environmental Systems and Societies (Group 3 and 4 subject)

Group 5 - Maths
Analysis and Approaches (SL and HL)
Applications and Interpretation (SL and HL)

Group 6 - The Arts
Theatre Arts
Visual Arts