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The Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad is pursuing authorization as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and is a candidate school for the IB Diploma Programme (DP). The programme is offered to students in the final two years of school (aged 16-19) and is a demanding pre-university course of studies with a reputation for rigorous and consistent assessment of student achievement. It is internationally recognised by over 2000 universities worldwide.
Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum, the Diploma Programme fulfils the requirements of a student’s national education system, but includes the best elements of national curricula from all over the world into one unique, student-centered framework of education.
Through the DP, students study languages, social sciences, experimental sciences, mathematics and the arts. This study is taken a step further through three unique programmes: Theory of Knowledge; Creativity, Action, Service (CAS); and the Extended Essay.
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
TOK is an interdisciplinary requirement unique to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme that is intended to encourage students to reflect upon knowledge gained both inside and outside the classroom. 100 hours of classroom time are dedicated to the programme, challenging students to question the nature of knowledge across disciplines, learn to recognise subjective and ideological biases, and develop the ability to analyse evidence using rational thought and argument. By causing students to consider and appreciate different perspectives, the TOK contributes towards a pluralistic outlook.
Creativity, Action, Service
Creativity, Action, and Service is an important component of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and is integral for every student at the Academy. Through active participation in and reflection upon experiences gained through a variety of creative endeavours, physical activities and community service projects, students develop a greater level of self-confidence, teamwork and leadership skills, and a sense of civil responsibility.
Students take part in sustainable projects that have real and lasting effects on the broader community and develop strength of character and an understanding of their ability to bring about change.
The CAS programme is valued for its power to transform not only the lives of students but also the lives of those whom the students interact with, and serves as a platform for interpersonal exchange, personal growth, and greater understanding of the issues we face as a global community.
The Extended Essay
The Extended Essay requires students to pick a subject of their choice and research and develop this subject in a 4000-word essay. The extended essay introduces students to the kind of independent research and writing skills expected at the university level.
Students may opt to deepen their knowledge by choosing to investigate a subject within one of the higher-level courses they are currently taking, or add breadth to their academic experience by undertaking research of a subject matter in another field of interest not included in their programme choices.
In the final stage of the DP, each student’s performance and levels of knowledge are assessed both internally by teachers according to set criteria, and externally by independent examiners according to global standards applied to all IB schools.