The International Baccalaureate® Diploma is a world-renowned qualification for students who seek a broad and challenging curriculum that helps them develop all the skills needed for success at university. Thanks to EF Academy’s unmatched internationalism, our students live the IB ethos every single day.
Completion of Grade 10 with grades A-C
IELTS 5.5 or 52/70 on
the EF English Test
New York, U.S.
2 years (6 terms)
Written examinations and internal assessments throughout the 2-year program; IB Diploma awarded for successful completion of all course requirements
The International Baccalaureate® curriculum includes six subjects and three “core” requirements. You will take six classroom courses from qualified IB teachers, ensuring breadth of knowledge in languages, social studies, science, mathematics and the arts. The program develops critical thinking, active participation, research and writing skills, which will prepare you for the types of assignments you will receive at university.
You will select a total of six subjects from across at least five of the following subject groups.
|FIRST LANGUAGE:||English, German, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese|
|SECOND LANGUAGE:||English, French, French ab initio, German ab initio, Mandarin ab initio, Spanish, Spanish ab initio|
|INDIVIDUALS & SOCIETIES:||Business & Management, Economics, Geography, History, IT in a Global Society, Philosophy, Psychology|
|SCIENCE:||Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Systems & Societies, Physics|
|MATHEMATICS:||Mathematics, Mathematical Studies, Further Mathematics|
|ARTS:||Film, Music, Theater, Visual Arts|
IB Diploma students will enhance their studies by completing these three elements.
A diverse co-curricular program with creative, sporting and volunteering activities.
A 4,000-word essay capturing your independent research and in-depth study of a specific subject.
Reflect on the nature of learning and knowledge and develop skills to apply knowledge credibly and critically.
In order to receive the International Baccalaureate® Diploma, you will need to complete the three “core” components in addition to taking external exams in their subjects. At the end of the exam period, you can receive a total score of 45 points.
In the U.S., you have the option of the more flexible International Baccalaureate® Certificate program, which allows you to take IB exams only in your strongest areas. In this program, the “core” is not required, which means you have more time to focus on co-curricular activities or TOEFL/IELTS or SAT/ACT preparation.
*All EF Academy students who successfully complete their high school studies at our U.S. campus will automatically be awarded a nationally recognized New York State High School Diploma in addition to their IB qualification.
“My classes are very student-centered and I usually use a ‘Socratic method’ or the ‘Harkness method,’ which is really based on the students’ discussions and inquiries. It’s really a back and forth between them and I facilitate.” Jenna Marcus EF Academy New York
IB and IGCSE English Teacher
“The IB program is very challenging and provides a good foundation for university. It gives us a taste of what university life will be like.” Adrian Wisaksana, Indonesia EF Academy Torbay
“The IB program is quite tough, but it truly helps students prepare for university. As an IB student, you get to know what time management really means and it also gives you the opportunity to learn about your strengths and weaknesses. Oxford has given me the opportunity to broaden my academic horizon, as I’ve had the chance to see and explore many areas of the university.” Jana Michalke, Germany EF Academy Oxford