If you are a student at GESS already we have an extensive programme designed to encourage each student to take ownership of his or her subject choices for the Diploma. We begin with some introductory talks with the Diploma Coordinator and the University Guidance Counsellor before moving on to:
- A Diploma programme options fair
- Two rounds of options choices
- A Teacher Recommendation Report
- The Letter of Admission
Also at any time during this process students may meet on a one-to-one basis with the Diploma Coordinator, the University Guidance Counsellor or a subject teacher to discuss a particular option pathway.
If you are coming to GESS to join our Diploma programme then you will need to first read over our Handbook of Studies. Then, email the Diploma Coordinator with ideas about a possible programme of study, which should be guided by a combination of your academic strengths, interests and potential university applications.
The IB Diploma programme demands high academic standards and therefore requires a good academic competence in the majority of subjects studied, which clearly involves a range of disciplines. However, most importantly, the programme demands high levels of self-discipline, organisational skills and personal motivation.
In addition to externally assessed examinations, each subject also requires the completion of internally assessed work, which will be created independently and allows students to demonstrate considerable initiative and personal management.
Pick wisely and listen carefully to advice.