The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right

The IB Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging, highly respected academically demanding course which is internationally recognized and which universities worldwide accept as suitable for entry to degree courses.


Note: This image is taken from The IBO website.

Students study 6 subjects — 1 subject from each group.

3 subjects are studied at higher level each representing 240 teaching hours.

3 subjects are studied at standard level each representing 150 teaching hours.

Students take core components also which are: Theory of Knowledge, CAS

(Creativity, activity, service) and Extended Essay.

What subjects are offered in each group at our school?

Group 1 Language A: English, Russian, Self-taught (any if a tutor is available)

Group 2 Language B: English, Russian, French

Ab Initio: Russian, French

Group 3: Geography, History, Business Management, Economics, Environmental Systems and Societies

Group 4: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Systems and Societies

Group 5: Mathematics, Math Studies

Group 6: Visual Arts or another subject from groups 3 or 4

Core elements: Extended Essay(EE), Theory of knowledge (TOK), CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service)

What are TOK, CAS and the Extended Essay?

Theory of Knowledge

It asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. TOK is compulsory and students cannot achieve a diploma without it.

Creativity, Activity and Service

Studied throughout the Diploma Programme, CAS involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies.

It is not formally assessed. However, students reflect on their CAS experiences as part of the DP, and provide evidence of achieving the eight learning outcomes for CAS.

Students keep a planner which is regularly checked by CAS co-ordinator. CAS is compulsory for all students to achieve diploma.

Extended Essay

Students’ select a topic of their choice and have to research and prepare a 4,000 word essay on this under the supervision of an Extended Essay supervisor. Students’ normally begin towards the end of year 1 and complete this towards the end of year 2. This is compulsory and students cannot achieve the diploma without submitting an Extended Essay

How will the Diploma Programme be assessed?

Students will follow a prescribed syllabus for each subject. They undertake coursework in all subjects during their two year programme and this is internally assessed and externally moderated as part of each student’s final result. Most of the final grade is determined through intensive, final examinations which students take at the end of their two-year course.

TOK is assessed by submitting an essay from a given title and making an internally assessed presentation. This is marked by the TOK teacher and an external moderator.

CAS is assessed by the successful completion of a record sheet signed by the CAS Coordinator and a report provided on student’s level of participation.

The Extended Essay is marked by a supervisor according to IB criteria and then sent for moderation. The Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge courses are jointly graded with a maximum of 3 points

All IB Diploma subjects are graded from 1(minimum) to 7 (maximum).

Please note that students require a minimum of 24 points (out of 45) to obtain a Diploma and must not score a 1 or 2 in any higher-level subject.

Any grade below a 4 must be balanced by another grade above a 4 at the same level.

In what languages will students study the IB Diploma?

Apart from Groups 1 and 2 subjects, they study all other subjects in English.

How do students apply to study for the IB Diploma Programme?

Students can apply to the Secondary Administration team and then sit entrance tests in English and Mathematics taking place twice a year: April and August. Students’ work of Grade 9 and 10 MYP courses will also be reviewed.

Who should I contact for more information?

Suman Sethi, the Diploma Programme Coordinator, 
Email. ssethi@miras-astana.kz