The Diploma Core
The extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4 000 words. It offers students the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest in one of their chosen subjects and acquaints them with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. It will be introduced in the first year of the diploma programme, and completed early on in the students’ final year. The extended essay will be supervised by a teacher of the chosen subject who will provide the candidate with advice and guidance. The school uses the ManageBac web site to manage interactions between students and their supervisors.
Theory of knowledge (TOK)
Theory of Knowledge is a course in which students are encouraged to approach the process of knowledge from different perspectives. It aims at helping students become familiar with the problem of progress, accumulation and validation of knowledge, with problems related to the value systems we employ, while at the same time it develops their ability to judge and become critical thinkers. Theory of Knowledge investigates the different assumptions and ways of thinking used in searching for and establishing knowledge in the Sciences, Ethics, Religion, Politics and Art. This course has an assessment requirement of one 1200-1600 word essay on a chosen topic from 10 topics prescribed each year by the IB organisation and one or more presentations, of approximately 5 minutes duration, on a designated topic covered in the course. Students are timetabled two lessons per week for TOK. The school offers TOK in the English language only.
Creativity, action, service (CAS)
The CAS programme compliments the academic disciplines of the IB experience, challenging the participants to develop a spirit of discovery, self-reliance and self-confidence. In CAS, students plan, carry out and reflect upon approved projects in the areas of creativity, action and service. Projects cover the arts, physical activities including sports or expeditions, and projects that serve others. The CAS supervisor coordinates the student’s activities with those of the IB Programme. He/she also assists each student with the preparation of a personal activity program that is representative of his interests, while at the same time supervising its progress. Students are timetabled one lesson per week for CAS. The school uses the ManageBac web site to manage all CAS activities.
Students complete the CAS requirements during the two-year course and the vast majority of the CAS activities will take place outside of the school day. During the course they will keep a log of activities completed, create a journal of reflective writing about their experiences, and finish with a self-evaluation essay.
The CAS programme compliments not on the academic disciplines of the IB experience, but also our very own YCIS Philosophy and Objectives and Character Education programme. This makes it an essential requirement SWA High school diploma that all senior students in Grade 11 and 12 successfully complete the requirements of CAS to be awarded a SWA High School Diploma at the completion of Grade 12.