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An Introduction to the DP

Among the many high school qualifications around the globe, the IB Diploma Programme (DP) has earned its reputation as being among the most challenging and broadest in focus. Taking place over the final two years of high school, for students from 16 to 19 (Year 12 to Year 13), the programme requires study of the humanities, at least two languages, experimental science, mathematics and the arts.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

An essay component, reflections on knowledge and perception, and service in the surrounding community link the subjects together, encouraging students to reflect on their values and recognize those of others. Through its interconnected approach, the DP challenges, enriches and empowers. Students emerge from the programme as global citizens: articulate, compassionate and insightful individuals who strive to impact their communities and the world in a positive way.

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This document provides a complete overview of the DP curriculum at NIST, including course content, assessment and more.

2021-2023 NIST Years 12-13 Prospectus

The DP Framework

The aim of the DP at NIST is the holistic development of students intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially, so that when they leave us they are ready for active world citizenship. In addition to the required subject groups, at least three of which must be taken at the higher level, students must also meet several other core requirements in order to earn the IB diploma.

Theory of Knowledge is a course that ties together the various subjects they study, encouraging them to look at knowledge and learning from different perspectives and apply this to their personal growth. An extended essay component requires that they independently select and research a topic of their choice, drawing from their studies and synthesizing new sources. Finally, to instill a sense of connection and empathy, Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) moves their learning outside the classroom into the greater community.

By following this well-rounded framework, centered on the IB mission in the form of the IB learner profile and enhanced by NIST’s own programmes, our graduates are fully prepared for further studies at the best universities in the world.

IB Diploma Programme Model
IB Diploma Programme Model

The DP Framework

The aim of the DP at NIST is the holistic development of students intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially, so that when they leave us they are ready for active world citizenship. In addition to the required subject groups, at least three of which must be taken at the higher level, students must also meet several other core requirements in order to earn the IB diploma.

Theory of Knowledge is a course that ties together the various subjects they study, encouraging them to look at knowledge and learning from different perspectives and apply this to their personal growth. An extended essay component requires that they independently select and research a topic of their choice, drawing from their studies and synthesizing new sources. Finally, to instill a sense of connection and empathy, Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) moves their learning outside the classroom into the greater community.

By following this well-rounded framework, centered on the IB mission in the form of the IB learner profile and enhanced by NIST’s own programmes, our graduates are fully prepared for further studies at the best universities in the world.

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The Diploma Programme offers university-bound students a holistic programme with an international focus. This broad outlook provides not only a solid foundation in academic knowledge and skills, but also helps them develop a deeper understanding of the learning process itself.   

Research indicates that DP graduates develop stronger critical thinking skills, enhanced academic persistence and results, and also perform at a higher level in their university level studies. As described by the IB, the DP thus “aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically”.

Our Aspiration, NIST International School in Bangkok

Our Aspiration

We strive to expand traditional models of education, to foster principled, good people who will flourish throughout their lives and in turn make a positive impact in the world.

Welcome to NIST International School

As the first and only full, not-for-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) international school in Bangkok, we inspire and empower individual excellence, and enrich lives.
Welcome to NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand

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The IB Mission at NIST Internation School in Bangkok

The IB Mission

The International Baccalaureate does not represent only a curriculum, but also a mission to transform the world through education by fostering thoughtful, principled learners.

An Education that Inspires & Enriches

Though we have cultivated a reputation for excellence in academics, we believe education is inextricably tied to wellbeing, character and action. Through learning comes joy.

A Lasting Impact, Service Learning at NIST International School in Bangkok

A Lasting Impact

Many of our alumni go on to work for NGOs and non-profits, become activists and reformers, and even create their own social enterprises.

Transforming Lives through Service

We believe service must be woven into the fabric of our learning, not as single projects or donations, but rather as the core means through which we translate learning into sustained action.
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The NIST Falcons

Our Falcons athletes participate in over a dozen competitive sports, from basketball and volleyball to gymnastics and fencing, with other schools around Bangkok and Southeast Asia.

Opportunities beyond the Classroom

We grow when pushed beyond our perceived limits. The NIST Activities Programme offers students the opportunity to challenge themselves through more than 300 activities, including sports, the arts, technology and more.

We believe in the power of education

International & Inclusive

As one of the most diverse international schools in Thailand, we seek to be inclusive and value difference as a catalyst for individual and collective growth.

A Vibrant Community Built on Shared Values

"Respectful, healthy, ethical relationships and interactions create a true sense of community at NIST."
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