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The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous but broad and balanced curriculum in which students study languages (mother tongue plus a foreign language), a social science, an experimental science, mathematics, and normally an arts subject. American Youth Academy offers an extra language acquisition course, Spanish ab initio, as a substitute for an arts subject. Students who intend to earn the IB Diploma must take three Higher Level (HL) courses; in addition, they must complete CAS, TOK, and an Extended Essay (EE). For more information please visit AYA’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

IB HL English

In group 1, students experienced in using a language in an academic context are prepared for this course. It is also recognized that students have language backgrounds that vary significantly. For one student the target language may be his or her only proficient language; another student may have a complex language profile and competence in more than one language. This is not a language-acquisition course. It is assumed that students are highly competent in the target language, whether or not it is their mother tongue.

Group 2: Language Acquisition

IB Arabic ab initio 

IB SL Arabic Language Acquisition

In group 2, the main emphasis of the modern language courses is on the acquisition and use of language in a range of contexts and for different purposes while, at the same time, promoting an understanding of another culture through the study of its language.

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

IB HL History

In group 3, History HL develops a critical appreciation of human experience, behavior, and the varieties of physical, economic and social environment that people inhabit within the history of social and cultural institutions.

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

IB SL Physics

In group 4, Physics SL is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. Despite the exciting and extraordinary development of ideas throughout the history of physics, observations remain essential to the very core of the subject. Models are developed to try to understand observations, and these themselves can become theories that attempt to explain the observations.

Group 5: Mathematics and Computer Science

IB HL Math

IB SL Math Studies

In group 5, students will develop mathematical knowledge, concepts and principles. In addition, they will develop logical, critical and creative thinking. The expectation is for them to employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalization. Students are also encouraged to appreciate the international dimensions of mathematics and the multiplicity of its cultural and historical perspectives.

Group 6: The Arts

IB SL Arts