Upper Secondary

(Years 12 and 13) IB Diploma Programme

IB Information for parents


Since August 2015, Al-Rayan International School has offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Years 12 and 13. ARIS is an IB World School.

The Diploma Programme enjoys a high level of respect and recognition among the world’s higher education institutions. For students, success in the DP often results in advanced standing, course credit, scholarships, and other admissions related benefits at many universities. The DP is academically rigorous and noted for its high academic standards, its commitment to service, and for creating international-mindedness through understanding multiple perspectives.

The DP prepares students for colleges and university worldwide. DP students are a diverse group with varied backgrounds and aspirations. Last year over 140,000 DP students went on to post-secondary studies, and this number rises annually. In the last 10 years DP students have sent transcripts to well over 5000 higher education institutions in more than 100 countries (Source: IB website: www.ibo.org).

Core Requirements

The core components of the DP include engagement with the IB’s Approaches to Teaching and Learning; the Creativity, Activity and Service programme (CAS); Theory of Knowledge; and the completion of an Extended Essay. All students are also required to study at least three subjects at Higher Level (HL) and three subjects at Standard Level (SL). One subject must be taken from Groups 1 to 5, the sixth from Group 6, or an additional subject from Groups 1 to 5. At ARIS, the following subjects are available:

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

  • English Literature 
  • English Language and Literature
  • Self-taught Languages

Group 2: Language Acquisition

  • Arabic B
  • French B
  • Spanish ab initio

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History 

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Environmental Science and Society
  • Sports Exercise and Health 

Group 5: Mathematics

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Studies

Group 6: The Arts

  • Visual Arts
  • Theatre

IBDP Info Graphic

IBDP Brochure 


IBDP Presentation