DCI is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and employs the IB’s interdisciplinary curriculum program to engage students in authentic and deep learning. While many schools require a test-in model to take IB classes, DCI is one of the only IB-for-All schools in the country.

DCI uses the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) as the foundation for secondary education at DCI, spanning grades 6-10. DCI also offers the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and the IB Career Programme (CP) for grades 11 and 12. All IB programs emphasize intellectual, personal, emotional, and social growth through all domains of knowledge. This dynamic combination of independent, critical, and creative thought along with real-world skill and international-mindedness educates the whole person for a life of active, responsible citizenship. Secondary education through DCI emphasizes achieving a high level of academic literacy while identifying both a career path and a meaningful post-secondary degree or credential. Through a rigorous yet flexible curriculum framework, students will evolve into globally active and compassionate lifelong learners who live self-determined adult lives. The IB Framework couples perfectly with our emphasis on the community and planet.

DCI combines language and cultural competence in the target languages of the member schools: Spanish, French, or Chinese. Most students entering this secondary program will have achieved a moderate level of fluency and literacy in their target language. At DCI, 20 – 50% of students’ classes are taught in an immersion environment. The program allows students to continue their progress in a second language and cultural literacy, and even allows them to begin to learn another language. Students new to foreign language education will be able to enter a beginning language track in one of the three target languages.

Environmental stewardship and social justice ground our students’ learning in the local community and the planet. Using the IB’s interdisciplinary approach and projects, students and faculty will delve deep into the cultural, environmental and social issues that affect their community and planet.

The IB Middle Years Programme provides an advanced academic experience in grades 6-10. Through the IB MYP, students gain both academic and real-world experience and skills. In grades 11-12, students will be take courses that will lead to their earning the IB Diploma and/or IB subject-specific certificates and/or the IB Career-Related Certificate (IBCP). Students who continue on the language track from their elementary education may also attain the IB Bilingual Diploma.

Students will be able to achieve the rigorous and world-respected IB MYP Certificate, IB Diploma, and/or IB Career Certification. Students who continue on the language track from their elementary education may also attain the IB Bilingual Diploma.

The MYP is implemented from grades 6-10: students are eligible to receive the MYP certificate at the end of 10th grade. Both the IBCP and DP Programmes follow in grades 11-12. Students take exams to earn either the certificate and degree at the end of 12th grade.

The IB MYP, for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of academic challenge encouraging students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world and to become critical and reflective thinkers. Students must study their “mother tongue” or “best-spoken language,” a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology/design. In Grade 8, students participate in a Community Project where they take action to improve the local and/or global community. In their final year (grade 10), students engage in a long-term personal project allowing them to demonstrate the understandings and skills they have developed.

The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations preparing students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The Diploma Programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.  

IB Diploma Programme students study six courses at a higher level or standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from group 6, or the student may choose another subject from groups 1 to 5. In addition, the Program has three core requirements included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding: the extended essay; theory of knowledge; and creativity, action, and service.

Many highly regarded high schools across the country are choosing to implement the IB Diploma Programme instead of offering Advanced Placement classes. It is interesting to note that IB students may sit for any AP exam, but the reverse is not true. The IB Diploma Programme is a proven predictor of success in university. Over 1,500 universities worldwide recognize the IB Diploma Programme by giving college credit for DP coursework as well as preferential admission, and more are doing so each year.

The IB Careers Programme (IBCP) is an IB Diploma which prepares students for both college and careers. In February 2011, President Obama and then Secretary of Education Arne Duncan highlighted a report released by the Harvard Graduate School of Education called “Pathways to Prosperity.” The report notes that about two-thirds of the 47 million American jobs expected to be created in the next six years will require some sort of education beyond high school, and a smaller proportion will require a four-year college degree. About 14 million of these new jobs will require a post-secondary certificate or Associate’s degree.

CP students at DCI take five IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses, a career related studies course in IT, and a core consisting of Personal and Professional Skills class, Service Learning, and a Reflective Project final essay.

For CP students, DP courses provide the theoretical underpinning and academic rigour of the programme; the career-related study further supports the programme’s academic strength and provides practical, real-world approaches to learning; and the CP core helps them to develop skills and competencies required for lifelong learning.

Students take written examinations at the end of their IB Diploma Programme courses which are marked by external IB examiners.

The components of the CP core are assessed by the school.

For more information, visit the IBO website.