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Diploma Program

The American School of Quito has offered the Diploma Program since 1990.  The IB Diploma Program (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced program of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The program has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.  ( . The American school of Quito teaches the IB Diploma curriculum to all students in eleventh and twelfth grade. Students have the option of taking external final examinations in order to receive an IB diploma.  Students also have the option of taking external examinations in individual courses.


What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program?

The IB Diploma Program is recognized by universities around the world as an entrance qualification and prepares students well for their undergraduate studies.

The IB Diploma Program is a rigorous academic course that develops lifelong learners by putting personal development at its core. We believe this programme is the right educational journey for our students because they will: 

  • learn to manage their own learning and develop critical thinking skills

  • engage with people in an increasingly globalized world

  • enhance their cultural awareness

  • gain access to the world’s top universities.


What will students learn? 

One of the key features of the IB Diploma Program is its comprehensive nature, meaning that students study a range of disciplines. All students choose six courses from six subject areas.  

For Full Diploma Candidates three academic courses are taken at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). In addition, all students study the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity Activity, and Service (CAS) and produce a 4000-word Extended Essay (EE).

Academic Course Curriculum

When choosing the six IB subjects for academic study, students must select a subject from each group;  two from group 1- one in English, the other in Spanish.  Students may choose a second subject in Group 3 or Group 4 if they prefer not to study a subject in Group 6.

Subject Groups

Our Diploma Journey

Frequently Asked Questions