DP: Diploma Programme
Preparing for the best universities and the world beyond
Mr. Joe Lumsden
At the threshold of adulthood, students by now usually develop a strong sense of identity while making important choices for their future. The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is designed to prepare students for leading colleges and universities.
In high school (Grades D1 and D2 that correspond to Grades 11 and 12 in other schools) all students study courses of the DP with most taking the full Diploma. While laying the foundation for future study, students assume increasing responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to accept leadership roles throughout the school. Our CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) Programme is central to this and provides an essential connection with the local community beyond school gates.
Students are primed to acquire both breadth and depth of knowledge in six subject groups, including two languages. With an eye on undergraduate study, the extended essay requires students to undertake in-depth research into an area of interest. The programme’s unique Theory of Knowledge course helps students strengthen their grasp of multidisciplinary approaches to solving problems and understanding concepts.
There is a wealth of DP experience within the school. Several Stonehill teachers are IB examiners and some are workshop leaders. Almost all of them have taught the DP for a number of years before coming to Stonehill.
Stonehill gained authorisation to offer the DP in 2010 and the first cohort of students graduated in 2012.