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The IB Diploma Programme (IB-DP)

After graduating at MYP level in Year 5, the student can continue and enter the Diploma Programme. This is the senior section of secondary education, for students aged 16 and up. These are called Year 6 and 7 in IB terminology or year 11 and 12 in British Curriculum terminology and grants entry to university!

We find that secondary students thrive well in small-scale educational set-ups



Our vision is to assist children in their development to become independent and self-thinking individuals who work to create a better world for themselves and others. This can only be put into practise when students are not a number in a large group, but an important collaborator in smaller group settings. In addition to the lessons, students will receive individualised monitoring and work within a reciprocal relationship with the teachers. Thus allowing them to mature without stress. They can use all the energy to develop themselves and help others in the group.

Beautiful and aesthetic surroundings assist in the learning process



Why should a classroom be a square box with nothing more than an interactive whiteboard, tables, chairs and some posters? Beautiful surroundings give energy. Energy is what Diploma students need since they have two years of serious work ahead of them. The Diploma Programme students are situated in a large recently renovated farmhouse and have to their disposition:

  • Large open style classroom setting
  • IT equipment: the newest ‘Apples’
  • Multi functional spaces with:
  • Easels, paint, clay, oven, pottery wheel and lost more for Visual Arts
  • Stage, microphones, light, sound and costumes for performing arts
  • Teaching and mentoring space
  • Nature, fields and gardens
  • Space for outdoor games and sports
  • Library
  • Science Lab
  • Kitchens and catering materials

The Diploma Programme entails:

The Creativity, Activity and Service programme

Holistic education with its core being 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.

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 reflect on their process of learning, 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.

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 of apr. 4000 words. This work constitutes of a solid preparation for processing information and synthesising knowledge into a research papers as required at tertiary level

IB Diploma Programme

A wide curriculum: 6 Subject Groups

Students acquire, in line with the Montessori principles and the MYP Programme, a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding from the different subject groups being:

  • Language A1
  • Second language
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Mathematics
  • Experimental sciences
  • The Arts: visual and performing arts

The Diploma Programme students choose a subject from each of six academic areas. Three subjects are taken at higher level (240 teaching hours), while the other 3 subjects are taken at standard level (150 teaching hours). 
Three subjects will be performed at Standard level and three at Higher level. Students take a written examination at the end of the programme, which are marked by IB examiners, external to the school.

These subjects ensure a wealth of information and a wide experience, thereby ensuring that students do not specialise too early and consequently become limited in their future choices.

Students can study and take examinations in English or French.

The IB Diploma is an accepted and highly accredited entry diploma to universities worldwide. A student who earns this diploma with good marks will be able to take their pick of national and international universities!

This circle visualises the core and the subject groups well: The three core requirements are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.

For more information:

There are several ways to find out more about the Diploma Programme:

  • Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information and request a copy of the Diploma Programme Handbook
  • Please phone +32 (0)2-721-2111 and ask for a guided tour
  • Visit the website of the International Baccalaureate: www.ibo.org/diploma
  • Come to an Information Session:

Regular information evenings are held for families to become knowledgeable on the Diploma Programme so that informed decisions can be made on the type of senior secondary education that suits their child. Families with children of all ages are welcome.

More day-to-day info at our EXCHANGE website

Parent Infant Group (0 – 1 years)
Toddler Community (15 months – 3 years)
Children’s House (3 year – 6 years)
Primary Years (6 – 11 years)
International Baccalaureate – Middel Years Programme (11 – 16 years)
International Baccalaureate – Diploma Programme (aged 16 and up)