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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program has been taught at St Leonard’s College for almost 35 years.

St Leonard’s College was the first school to offer students the choice of either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) as secondary school qualifications and pathways to tertiary education. In 1982, it became the first school in Victoria and the second in Australia to offer the IBDP, recognising the benefit of choice and an internationally focused curriculum.

The IBDP is run by the International Baccalaureate, an educational foundation whose aim is to offer a balanced curriculum that fosters critical thinking and intercultural understanding. Its vision is to develop students who become responsible citizens within their own community and their own country.

While the VCE is a flexible qualification that allows students to tailor a course based on their interests, strengths and abilities, the IBDP seeks breadth and is suited to a well-rounded student. Students must select subjects from within six designated groups, in addition to three core components — an extended research essay, a commitment to creative and active community service, and Theory of Knowledge, a subject that challenges students to reflect on their own thinking and develop critical and creative thinking skills.

Studied by more than one million students across 143 countries, the IBDP’s internally focused syllabus and assessment scheme offer an outstanding preparation for the challenges of tertiary education and employment in a globally interconnected world. The qualification allows entrance to universities in Australia and around the world, with many universities offering advanced standing for IBDP graduates in recognition of the academic rigour of the program.

St Leonard’s College led the way with the IBDP from the beginning, and has almost 35 years of experience teaching the program. In 2015, two students achieved the highest-possible IBDP score of 45 and were awarded an ATAR of 99.95. Two further students received scores of 44 (ATAR 99.85), and 72 per cent of IBDP students were awarded an ATAR of 90 or above.

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