International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

IB Curriculum

Distinctive Features of Trinity's IB Diploma Programme

Six Subject Groups are offered at two levels of achievement.  Each diploma candidate must pass IB examinations in all six subjects.  Half of the courses are taken at Higher Level (HL) and half at Standard Level (SL).

The Extended Essay (EE) is a supervised 4,000-word academic research paper on a specialized subject.  Students develop advanced skills in independent research and writing.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a course that emphasizes critical thinking skills.  TOK encourages students to be aware of subjective biases, to analyze evidence, and to appreciate other cultural perspectives.

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is a fundamental part of the Diploma Program that provides a balance to academic studies.  The CAS requirement encourages personal growth and development and the acceptance of new challenges.

Standard Level (SL)

Courses go beyond the rigor of traditional college preparatory courses and represent 150 teaching hours.

Higher Level (HL)

Courses encompass material requiring 240 teaching hours and two years of extensive study.

Trinity's Curriculum

GROUP 1 - Language A
English A: Literature HL

GROUP 2 - Language B
French B SL, HL
Latin SL, HL
Spanish B SL, HL

GROUP 3 - Individuals and Society
Environmental Systems and Societies TSL
Geography HL
Global Politics HL
History Europe HL

GROUP 4 - Experimental Sciences
Chemistry SL, HL
Environmental Systems and Societies TSL
Physics SL, HL
Biology SL, HL

GROUP 5 -Mathematics
Mathematical Studies SL
Mathematics SL

GROUP 6 - Electives
Economics HL
Music SL, HL
Visual Arts HL
A second course from Group 4

IB Information Brochure 2019-20

IB Glossary

IB Diploma Candidate: A student pursuing the IB Diploma, taking at least 6 IB courses (one from each subject group) and distinctive features.
IB Course Candidate: A student taking any IB course or completing a distinctive feature, whether it is one or more.
IB Distinctive Features: Extended Essay (EE), Theory of Knowledge (TOK), and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)


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    Marti Truman 

    International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Coordinator
    (804) 327-3129