Year 12 and 13 IB Diploma Programme

The school has achieved an International Baccalaureate (IB) result of 37 in 2016 and 2017 (and 36.12 in 2015), placing it at the top of the IB rankings in Europe for three years running.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 18, for success at university and life beyond. Students choose a programme of subjects based on six curriculum areas. Students also need to fulfil three core requirements:


The Extended Essay (EE)

The Theory of Knowledge (ToK)

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

The Extended Essay (EE)

Students engage in independent research through an in-depth study relating to either one of the subjects they are studying.

The Theory of Knowledge (ToK)

Students reflect on the nature of knowledge by examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).

Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)

Students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components of CAS or do activities related to each one of them separately.


Each subject is graded by external examiners on a scale of 1 to 7. The IB Diploma candidate must also meet the three additional requirements: submission of an Extended Essay, satisfactory completion of the Theory of Knowledge course, and compulsory participation in the extra-curricular CAS programme. Award of the Diploma requires a minimum total of 24/45 points.

IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of the five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics. Students may choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5. At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at higher level, while the other subjects are taken at standard level.

Subject choices listed below:



The Italian Ministry of Education recognises the IB Diploma as a basis for students seeking admission to courses at universities and other institutions of higher education in Italy if the candidate selects a programme which conforms to one of the following options: 


Each IB student participates in a series of individual interviews designed to focus on opportunities available for higher education within Europe and globally work experience opportunities matched to their interests and skills.

Contact is kept with UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) in the United Kingdom and with Education USA and the Fulbright Commission in the United States to guide IB students on the options before them and on the processes in place to make their university applications. Students will be invited to attend university fairs arranged in the locality and to visit university campuses to gain valuable first hand insight.

The student is guided in their research of universities and courses around the world, and especially on the entry requirements expected of applicants for undergraduate study. As part of our ongoing career development, we host guest speakers from various professions, to help students gain a better understanding of the different fields of work they might wish to enter. St. Louis School also provides High School students with opportunities to make group visits to universities in Italy and abroad. Students are also encouraged to conduct their own campus visits, especially while in other countries.


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