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IB Diploma

IB Diploma at ISG

The ISG high school program started in September 2000, and in April 2002 the school was authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to begin offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in the 11th and 12th grades.

ISG is proud to have graduated its first Grade 12 IB Diploma Class in June 2004.  Our students have achieved excellent final results and are college- and university-bound: since we started offering the diploma programme, 97% of our candidates have earned the IB diploma (as compared to the typical 78-79% annual rate of candidates who earn the IB diploma world-wide).  In all years except one, 100% earned the IB diploma.  Our students’ success is due to a very close student-teacher-family relationship and high academic standards.  Furthermore, in the last four years of testing, the overall average score of ISG students on their IB diplomas was 33 points (out of a maximum possible 45).  The annual score of IB students world-wide is typically 30 points.

While the school is small, it is a lively and dynamic place to study and learn. Students participate in a wide variety of activities both in and out of school, as coordinated by teachers and in particular the school’s IB CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) coordinator. Students interact with others in the school and are known for their commitment to learning. The high school students are true protagonists in their growth and learning, and have in very significant ways been active participants in the development of the high school program.

The International School in Genoa was a founding member of AIBWSI, the Association of IB World Schools in Italy.

The International Baccalaureate Organization’s mission statement is as follows:

“The International Baccalaureate Organization 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 IBO 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 IBO’s Diploma Programme (DP) was created in 1968. It is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to examinations. It is designed for highly motivated secondary school students aged 16 to 19. The programme has earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to the world’s leading universities. The DP’s grading system is criterion-referenced, which means that each student’s performance is measured against well-defined levels of achievement. These are consistent from one examination session to the next and are applied equally to all schools. The IBO has shown, over the course of 30 years, that students are well prepared for university work. They are accepted by universities all over the world. The programme is a comprehensive two-year international curriculum, available in English, French and Spanish. It generally allows students to fulfill the requirements of their national or state education systems. The DP incorporates the best elements of national systems, without being based on any one. Internationally mobile students are able to transfer from one DP school to another. Students who remain closer to home benefit from a highly respected international curriculum. The programme was born of efforts to establish a common curriculum and university entry credential for students moving from one country to another. International educators were motivated by practical considerations but also by an idealistic vision. They believed that students should share an academic experience that would emphasize critical thinking, intercultural understanding and exposure to a variety of points of view.”

Taken from the IBO website: www.ibo.org


IB learner profile – revised – August 2013

DP Rules for IB World Schools – applicable from Sept 2014

DP General Regulations – applicable from Sept 2014

ISGenoa – Internal Assessment Deadlines – Class of 2017 – month by month


ISG strives to offer a variety of IB courses to meet the needs and interests of our students. Some of the subjects that ISG has offered in recent years and/or the current year include:

  • Group 1 – English A: Literature and Italian A: Literature
  • Group 2 – English B, Italian B, Italian ab initio, French B, French ab initio, Spanish B, and Spanish ab initio
  • Group 3 – History and Economics
  • Group 4 – Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Group 5 – Mathematics (Higher), Mathematics (Standard), and Mathematical Studies
  • Group 6 – Visual Arts

Besides studying core subjects from the 6 IB groups, diploma students also will participate in a course called Theory of Knowledge and a program of Creativity, Action, Service. The IB Diploma Programme course offerings at ISG are subject to change from year to year. Please speak with the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator for the most up-to-date information on which courses will be offered for the coming school year and what combinations of courses are allowed.

For more information please visit the ISG IB Diploma Programme website, designed exclusively for ISG students, or contact the school’s IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Elizabeth Rosser Boiardi.