IB Diploma

IB Diploma

IB Diploma


What is it?                                                                              

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a comprehensive two-year, pre-university course leading to either an IB Diploma or IB Certificates. IB is a well-established and highly respected program, recognized by universities and colleges throughout over 100 countries across the world. The course is characterized by its academic breadth, depth and rigor, as well as the priority it gives to developing internationally aware and socially responsible citizens.

In order to attain the IB Diploma, candidates are required to study six (6) subjects, commencing in year 11 and continuing through until the end of Year 12:

  • Three (3) subjects must be studied at Higher Level (HL) and
  • Three (3) subjects must be studied at Standard Level (SL)

At Stella Maris School, we also offer an IB Certificates Program for those students who, for whatever reason, do not want to undertake the full Diploma program. Under IBO rules, a candidate will attain a certificate for every IB subject in which they complete all subject requirements. Students can choose all subjects in SL

An HL subject represents a minimum of 240 hours of classroom study, while an SL subject represents a minimum of 150 hours. Time spent on homework and private study is additional to this amount.

The unique appeal of IB comes from the additional requirement which candidates:

  • Write an Extended Essay in a subject of their choices, which provides them with the opportunity to undertake independent research on a topic of special interest;
  • Complete a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, which explores the relationship between the various academic disciplines, as well as ensuring candidates engage in critical reflection pertaining to issues both within and beyond the class room;
  • Participate in a Creative, Action and Service (CAS) Program, thus allowing candidates to pursue their interests outside of their immediate school environment in areas such as theatre productions, sports and community service activities. AS THE Stella Maris School program focuses on educating the whole person, it ensures that candidates become more compassionate responsible and well-rounded citizens.


The requirement to undertake studies in languages, sciences, mathematics and humanities ensures candidates are qualified in the traditional disciplines of a liberal arts curriculum, which is often a prerequisite to entering overseas university programs. At Stella Maris School, the additional emphasis placed on critical reflection also extends to the broader issue of International awareness. The programs within our curriculum have been created by educational professionals from different national systems, with the aim of strongly encouraging an appreciation of different cultures and attitudes. In so doing, we want students to become informed and open-minded as a result of their shared experiences and interaction with people from other parts of the world.


  • TOK (Theory of Knowledge)

            Students will be studying the principles taught in TOK.

  • CAS (Creativity, Action & Service)

            Community Service will be the only requirement for all students (75 hours).

  • EE (Extended Essay)

            Students still need to complete an Extended Essay (2,000 words).


Making your selection

Program Selection

Stella Maris students intending to undertake further studies following their completion of the IB program are strongly encouraged to undertake the Diploma rather than Certificate course, as the IB Certificates do not automatically provide entry into universities- nor can the results from the Certificates be subsequently accredited towards a Diploma. Those students who do exceptionally well in the Diploma program will be considered for advanced standing upon gaining entry into university(or get a credit).

Subject Selection

Stella Maris Diploma Candidates are required to select one subject from each of the following six subject groups, while Certificate students can choose subjects depending on availability and advice of the school.

Group 1

Language A Literature

Indonesian A Literature (HL/SL)

English A Literature (HL/SL)

Mandarin A.Literature (HL/SL)

Group 2

Language B

(Second language)

Indonesian A Literature (HL/SL)

English B (HL/SL)

Indonesian B

Mandarin B (HL/SL)

Mandarin Ab-initio (SL)

Group 3

Individual and Society

Economics (HL/SL)

Psychology (HL/SL)


Group 4

Experimental Sciences

Chemistry (HL/SL)


Physics (HL/SL)

Group 5


Mathematics (HL)

Mathematic (SL)

Mathematical Studies (SL)

Group 6

Arts and Elective

Business & Management (HL/SL)

Biology (HL/SL)

Visual Arts (SL)


In addition, Diploma Candidates must complete:

  • The Extended Essay (4000 words)
  • The TOK course and
  • The CAS program.

When selecting subjects, candidates should bear in mind the following points:

  • The same subject cannot be taken at both Group 1 & 2
  • A Candidate who is bilingual to a high proficiency may take two languages A Literature.

How you are assessed . . . .


For most subjects, assessment is made up of coursework and external examinations. Coursework will be marked internally and then moderated by the IB Organisation (IBO) to ensure the quality of education and work remains high. All final examinations are set and mark externally by the IBO, and are undertaken by candidates in May of the second year of the course. Details of the methods of assessment are provided as part of the individual subject descriptions contained later in this booklet.


 Conditions for the Award of the Diploma

Each subject within the six group areas is assessed on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the highest grade. In addition, up to three bonus points are awarded according to the combined standard of a candidate’s work in TOK and the Extended Essay. Therefore, the maximum number of points that can be obtained for the IB Diploma is 45 points (six subject x 7 points + 3 bonus points = 45 points)

Diploma will not be awarded if:

  1. Total mark is less than 24
  2. N: not submitted for TOK or EE
  3. E: for TOK or E: for EE
  4. Grade 1 awarded in any subject and level
  5. CAS: is not completed
  6. Malpractice (Plagiarism)
  7. Overall, there are more than three grades 3 or below.
  8. Grade 2 for HL subject
  9. Grade 2 for SL subject
  10. The 3 HL grade total is less than 12
  11. The 3 SL grade total is less than 9
  12. 4 HL and the grade is less than 16
  13. 2 SL and the grade is less than 6.



All IB courses, HL and SL, are graded on the IB 7-point scale:

7: Excellent

6: Very Good

5: Good

4: Satisfactory

3: Mediocre

2: Poor



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