About The Diploma Programme

School 1329. Mission Statement

Our slogan: the success of each student is the foundation of our future.

Our mission: to create an environment for the development of successful, independent, responsible and socially active individuals who are able to think critically and creatively.

We focus on the best traditions of Russian education with modern teaching methods and achievements of international educational systems.


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an assessed programme for highly-motivated students aged 16 to 19. With English as the language of instruction, DP is a demanding two-year pre-university course that equips students (10th and 11th graders) with the skills and attitudes necessary for their future success in the higher education.

In order to offer the International Baccalaureate programs of education, schools must complete an authorization process. Once they have been authorized, they are known as IB World Schools. IB Diplomas are highly respected by leading universities across the globe (including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Sorbonne, London School of Economics, etc.). The graduates of IB Schools have the opportunity to enter the majority of the world’s leading universities and colleges simply by taking IB exams in their school. There are only 25 IB Schools in Russia and only 13 of them offer the IB Diploma Program.

The DP curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.

Made up of the three required components, the DP core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

The three core elements are:

  • Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
  • The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
  • Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

The six subject groups are:

Through the DP, schools develop students who:

  • Excel in traditional academic subjects.
  • Have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge.
  • Are encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning
  • Take part in educational programs that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world.
  • Become more culturally aware through the development of a second language.
  • Be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.

Research indicates that the Diploma Program (DP) graduates complete national colleges faster than their peers, feel more prepared for college-level coursework involving research, and are better able to cope with demanding workloads and time-management challenges.