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A.       WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL BACCLAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME                
The International Baccalaureate (I.B.) Diploma program is a two-year  pre-university diploma course administered from Geneva, Switzerland and   Cardiff, Wales.  The International Baccalaureate Organization is affiliated to UNESCO and its regional offices are in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.  There are now over 3,787 I.B. Schools in about 147 countries all over the world, offering the programme to over 1,184,000 students. St. Mary’s is a day school that offers the K.C.P.E, K.C.S.E and Cambridge I.G.C.S.E ‘O’ Level courses and thereafter this internationally recognized course to students of diverse backgrounds and nationalities.

B.       MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

We accept applications from both boys and girls, who are about to complete their K.C.S.E., I.G.C.S.E. or G.C.E. examinations. 

We have had excellent students from schools such as Alliance Boys and Girls, Braeside, Buruburu Girls, Consolata, Kenya High, Kianda, Lenana, Light Academy, Loreto Convent –Msongari, Loreto Convent – Valley Road, Lukenya, Makini, Mangu, Moi Girls, Mt. Kenya Academy, Nairobi Academy, Nairobi International School, Nairobi Jeffery, Precious Blood, Rusinga, Shree Gutchi,  Strathmore, Starehe, and    St. Nicholas.

i)     In the K.C.S.E., applicants should score at east B- in each of their Higher Level    subjects and a C+ in each of their Standard Level subjects. 

ii)     B’s grades are required for all ‘GCE’ and ‘IGCSE’ subjects at all levels.

iii) For those intending to do Mathematics HL or Physics HL they must have   attained an (A*) in their IGCSE or an(A) in their KCSE ‘O’ Level examinations.

APPLICATION:

1. Applications for places on the IBDP course should reach the IB Office by 31st JULY prior to the year of entry but late entries will be considered.

2. Students from St. Mary’s will be selected after consultations with their Dean.

3. Applicants from outside St. Mary’s will be interviewed in AUGUST prior to the year of entry.  The Principal and the IBDP Coordinator have the final decision on whom to accept for the programme.               

4.    A fee of Kshs. 1,000/= is charged for the Application Form

C. THE CURRICULUM

The Diploma candidate must select one subject from each of the six subject groups.

GROUP                                             SUBJECTS

1     Studies in Language                English A: Literature (HL)
        and Literature                         English A: Language and Literature

2   Language Acquisition:                French B or Swahili B or French Ab.initio or Spanish Ab. initio  

3    Individual and Societies:            Environmental Systems (SL) or  History or  Geography or Business Management (SL)or Economics or ITGS (HL)
                                                                                                                                                                          
4     Sciences:                                Chemistry or Biology or Physics or Environmental Systems & Societies (SL)                                                                                   
5      Mathematics:                          Maths Higher Level or Maths Standard Level or  Mathematical studies

6      Arts:                                        Visual Arts or Theatre Art

(HL) Diploma candidates must study three of these subjects at Higher Level and three at Standard Level, depending on their ability and career choices.

Environmental Systems and Business & Management are only available at Standard Level. 

Literature, Theatre Arts and ITGS are only available at Higher Level only.

 Some subject combinations may be difficult to accommodate on the timetable.

See the subject selection form for the teaching sets currently available.

In addition to the six subjects selected, the candidate must also:

i. Follow a course in the Theory of Knowledge. The course unifies academic disciplines and focuses on critical thinking, inquiry into the nature of knowing and deepens students understanding of knowledge as a human construction. TOK encourages the free and clear expression of ideas through discussion and written work.

ii.   In writing the Extended Essay, students engage in independent research through an in depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects that a student is studying.
iii.    By being involved in C.A.S. (i.e. Creativity, Action and Service) students  engage in other activities beside their   academic studies. Creativity engages them in the arts and creative activities; Action enables development of a healthy lifestyle and Service offers students new learning with academic value within the communities they   interact with thus development through experiential learning and journeys of self-discovery.

 NOTE:

i. IB results have shown that while challenging, the IB Diploma programme is well within the capability of average but hardworking students

ii. The IB course has gained its international repute from the range of  Intellectual skills as it enables students develop the opportunity offered bypersonal research and involvement in CAS.  It has proved to be the only  pre-university course that adequately prepares student for university   programs anywhere in the world.

iii.    Parents have appreciated the contribution of the IB Diploma programme towards their children’s intellectual development and maturity.

D.       EXAMINATIONS GRADES AND ST. MARY’S PERFORMANCE· 

The setting and examining process is administered by the IB Curriculum and Assessment Centre.  Most subject syllabuses require that the teachers  themselves assess part of the work.  This internal assessment is in turn moderated by examiners spread all over the world.· The final grade awarded in each subject is based on a scale of 1-7, ranging from very poor (1), satisfactory (4) to excellent (7).  A bonus mark of up to 3 is awarded for very good work in Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.· An overall point total of 24 is required for the award of the IB Diploma although there are certain disqualifying conditions which are explained to the students once they have started the DP course.