IB Diploma Program
Diploma Programme Introduction:
In 1999, following several years of intensive preparation for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization granted Ramallah Friends School (RFS) approval to implement the diploma program. Preparation for the program included facility development, teacher training, explaining the program to students and parents, and communicating with the Ministry of Education. RFS has been committed to educational quality since its founding. This commitment entails the ongoing improvement of the academic programs offered by the school, the educational environment in the school, and the staff's performance. The introduction of the IB Diploma Program into the school was a crucial step towards accomplishing this objective. We are incredibly proud to be the only IB school in Palestine.
Students follow the IB Diploma Programme (DP) in their final two years at RFS. This is the most highly regarded pre-university preparatory program in the world today. Students not only study subjects across a range of disciplines, they must complete three core requirements over the two-year program, the first to apply classroom skills and knowledge to real-life experiential learning challenges; the second to identify a topic of personal interest to research in-depth to write a 4,000 word annotated essay; the third to develop and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of how they learn best, and how they evaluate the effectiveness of their learning for each discipline. This breadth of learning and depth of understanding, focused on international-minded contexts studied through a local lens, capably prepares DP graduates for further education and lifelong learning.
The DP curriculum comprises six subject groups and a Core: