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Diploma Programme


The International School of Uganda is among a small group of schools in the world authorized in offering all three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. Innovative and committed teachers from IB schools have contributed to the development of each programme. IB teachers believe in a style of teaching that not only stimulates curiosity, inquiry, reflection and critical thinking, but also promotes the development of empathy.

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is designed for students in the last two years of high school and offers a range of discrete subjects for students. Assessment is based on a wide range of structures from examinations: short response questions, structured response questions which lead the students in stages through a complex problem, data analysis, case study or essay questions, laboratory investigations, conversation exercises and project work. The learning objectives generally focus on higher order cognitive skills, such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. There is always a role for recall and the routine applications of knowledge as well. Students earning an IB Diploma at the end of grade 12 by passing the external examinations and completing internal assessment requirements generally claim to have the best qualification for university acceptance. ISU has been authorized for the IB Diploma Programme since April 1997 and has nine DP examiners and two DP workshop leaders on the teaching staff.


Please read the ISU IB Diploma Handbook for more information.

The chart below shows the highest and average IB Diploma scores for ISU for the past four years. The diploma is scored on a range of 1 - 45 points, with 45 being the highest. To pass the diploma students need to score above 24 points. The global average for the past four years has been 29-30 points.

IB Diploma Scores for ISU from 2013 to 2017

For more information about worldwide recognition of the of the IB Diploma Programme please click here.

If you have any questions about the programme please contact:

Diploma Programme Coordinator
Matthew Buxton - dpcoordinator@isumail.ac.ug

Extended Essay
Lesley Peacock - ssprincipal@isumail.ac.ug

You can learn more about the IB Diploma programme at ISU by downloading the following documents:

Diploma Parent Handbook
Extended Essay Handbook

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