IB Diploma Programme (DP)
Welcome to the High School Programme!
The GESS high school runs in grades 11 and 12, and our curriculum is that of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Within our high school our students follow one of two graduation pathways:
- The GESS High School Diploma (taking certificates in some IB Diploma subjects)
- The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme
High School experience
Some of the core elements of the experience of a student in our high school include:
- Connection with a homeroom teacher who will be their school ‘parent’ and first point of contact each day.
- A programme of Personal, social and health education lessons to foster their personal awareness and ‘life’ skills.
- Weekly university counselling lessons with an experienced guidance counsellor.
- Community bonding events, such as community service, assemblies, bonding days and project weeks.
- A dedicated high school welfare coordinator (our Assistant head of high school) and a dedicated academic coordinator (our Diploma Programme Coordinator).
- Opportunity to study their mother tongue language and a diverse range of subjects within the curriculum.
- An extensive range of after school activities (CCA programme).
We very much support our students to ensure the right pathway for them as an individual and we support this by offering continuous further education guidance lesson on a weekly basis throughout the two years of high school. These lessons are facilitated by our University Guidance counsellor. Our graduates have successfully gone on to a variety of well-respected Universities and Colleges in many different countries and so our university guidance counsellors have a range of expertise with the process and requirements of tertiary education in a variety of countries.
Within the Diploma Programme, students are able to graduate with DSD2 (Deutsches Sprachdiplom 2) which enables them to study at any German University without having to pass a German language test. For further information on DSD2, please use this link on the website of Kultusministerkonferenz (DE).
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a rigorous two-year curriculum, aimed at highly motivated students between the ages of 16 to 19 years. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognised by the world’s leading universities and focuses on developing in-depth academic knowledge and skills.
Whilst we value the personal focus we can maintain on each and every one of our students by maintaining a smaller cohort size, we still facilitate a diverse range of subject choices and supplement our in-house expertise through online learning facilitators such as Pamoja. If you would like to know more about the GESS IB Diploma programme and more specifically the subjects we offer then please download a copy of the Handbook of Studies with detailed course descriptions here.
The GESS International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme has been highly successful with students consistently outperforming the worldwide average grade by several points. With our highest achieving student obtaining the maximum Diploma point score of 45 points and a place at the prestigious Cambridge University in the UK. Please find our IB Diploma results here.
Why do we think the IB Diploma Programme is the best curriculum for our students? Because we believe it instils a solid knowledge base for tertiary education whilst more importantly developing the individual child as a learner. We believe that the IB curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop a strong set of learning skills which will not only ensure their success within our school but also a strong preparation for the requirements of the next stage in their academic career.
We are always keen to build upon the current success of our high school and as such these are some of the key areas of focus:
All DP teachers to complete further IB certified professional development in approaches to learning within the current diploma programme.
- Increased frequency of parent ‘morning tea’ information sessions.
- The launch of the quarterly student newsletter.
- Ongoing development of the talented student's mentorship programme.