The three core requirements are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.
1) The Creativity, Action and Services programme
This holistic education has at its core the Creativity, Action and Service Programme (CAS). Students take initiative and complete community based projects with the idea that producing and giving to the community is equally important to developing oneself. Whilst doing this, students have the opportunity to integrate their skills to a higher level and grow towards becoming responsible citizens.
2) Theory of Knowledge
TOK is another core element that builds upon reflections, philosophical discussions and debates held in the MYP. Students continue to practice thinking about thinking and reflecting on their process of learning. They learn how to apply knowledge and how to critically evaluate the abundance of information that comes to them. This interdisciplinary thinking is part of all subjects and also functions as a separate discussion forum.
3) The Extended Essay
The Extended Essay (EE) is the third core element. This is a wonderful opportunity to choose a topic the student is passionate about and wants to research at a deeper level. The EE is an independent and self-directed research. The student is guided in the process by a supervisor. The paper should be approximately 40,000 words. This work constitutes a solid preparation for processing information and synthesising knowledge into a research paper as required at tertiary level.