Course Selection and Enrollment

Course Selection

International Baccalaureate courses are rigorous. They are taught at the college level and cover extensive bodies of knowledge. Before enrolling in the IB program, students should—in consultation with their teachers, family, and the IB coordinator—carefully plan their academic and extracurricular schedules for the following 2 years to accommodate the demands of IB coursework. More information about IB courses, enrollment and all relevant forms is available in the IB Handbook.

Once you have completed the consultation, you will choose six IB courses (3 at standard level and 3 at higher level) in accordance with the IB Diploma requirements. For each course selected, approval must be obtained by the current subject teacher. Once admitted to six IB courses, a student is expected to remain in those classes for two years. Under exceptional circumstances, a change in subject may be requested within the first month of year 12 by contacting the IB coordinator. Please note that IB courses are offered contingent upon sufficient enrollment in the class.

Enrollment for Current VIS Students

The IB enrollment process begins in year 11 when students are introduced to the IB Diploma Programme and the General Regulations and begin to consider their course options. Students and their families must read over the materials carefully and meet with the IB Coordinator in February to discuss their plans. As part of this process, students also speak to individual subject teachers who aim to assess their strengths and weaknesses with an eye toward the selection of appropriate higher level and standard level courses.

Students currently enrolled in year 11 at VIS must submit the following documents to the IB Coordinator by 15th of January in order to be considered for the IB program:

  • The signed IB DP Enrollment Form;
  • The signed Statement of Academic Honesty.

Access to selected courses will depend upon the approval of the subject teacher and IB Coordinator and sufficient enrollment in each course. Access to IB courses may also be conditional on performance on end-of-year examination results for year 11 and on completion of the IGCSE. Students must check the course requirements for each course carefully. If a student does not meet the requirements for the course, he or she may be asked to make up course credits in consultation with the IB Coordinator or may be denied access to the course.

Enrollment for New Students

In addition to the above requirements, new students wishing to enrol in the IB program at Verita International School (VIS) must complete all of the standard VIS admissions procedures and present the results of an English language assessment that certifies functional fluency in the English language. Students will only be admitted into year 12 (first year of the DP) and not in year 13.

Other prerequisites required for admission to IB Diploma program at VIS include:

  • Demonstrated functional fluency in English
  • Demonstrated ability to pursue the study of a second language (based on language screening test designed by VIS);
  • For students interested in HL Math – demonstrated ability to pursue the study of a HL Math (based on math screening test designed by VIS);
  • Demonstrated ability to pursue a rigorous, academic program. This may be verified with examinations in IB subjects;
  • An interview with the IB DP Coordinator and Guidance Counselor (if needed).

Every effort will be made to ensure balance and equality when admitting students to the IB Diploma program. The IB program is open to all students, regardless of previous educational experience. A student who decides to participate in the IB Program, will be expected to:

  • Work diligently;
  • Approach tasks with a sense of purpose;
  • Demonstrate self-discipline and responsibility;
  • Learn from fellow students as well as teachers;
  • Share with, and contribute to, the community.