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Program Information for Grades 11 & 12


IB Diploma Program

The mission of the International Baccalaureate Organization:

“The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

The Post Oak School is authorized as an IB World School to offer the IB Diploma Program for grades 11 and 12. IB Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that The Post Oak School believes is important for our students.

As an IB World School, The Post Oak School is committed to a balanced world-class education that supports students on their path to adulthood.


New Studies Explore IB Students’ Preparedness for Success in the 21st Century

“Throughout the past few years, the International Baccalaureate (IB) has increased research efforts to better understand the impact of IB programmes, inform the global conversation on student success and continually contribute to the improvement of education.” Read the results on how the IB helps prepare students for success by creating college- and career-ready global citizens.


Download the Upper Level Program Guide

The IB Learner Profile

The IB Learner Profile captures the qualities that Post Oak students strive to exhibit:

Inquirers. They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiries and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable. They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers. They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators. They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled. They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded. They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring. They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers. They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced. They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective. They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

What is special about the IB Diploma Programme? (from

  • IB programmes are recognized around the world and ensure an increased adaptability and mobility for IB students.
  • The curriculum and pedagogy of IB programmes focus on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language.
  • IB World Schools must undergo an exhaustive authorization process in order to offer one or more of the programmes, which includes a study of the school’s resources and commitment to the IB mission and philosophy.
  • IB teachers participate in a wide variety of professional development opportunities to constantly update their knowledge and share their expertise with colleagues around the world.
  • Many students graduating from the Diploma Programme find that it enhances their opportunities at tertiary institutions. The IB works closely with universities around the world to gain recognition for IB programmes.
  • The core components of IB programmes encourage students to participate in creative and service-oriented activities, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level.


Overview of the Upper Level High School Program

The program involves work in nine areas:

1. English Language and Literature
2. Second Languages
3. Individuals and Societies (e.g., studies of history)
4. Natural Sciences
5. Mathematics
6. Arts
7. Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course
8. Extended Essay (independent research paper)
9. Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) work (extending student beyond school)

The courses may be offered at a Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL). Students choose three courses to take at each level. Descriptions of the courses can be found in the Areas of Study section.

Complete information about the Post Oak IB Diploma Program is in the Upper Level Program Guide.

Additional policies are available for viewing such as the IB Language Policy and the IB Assessment Policy.



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