IB Diploma Programme
The American College of Sofia is an authorized IB World School and has offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) since 2005. Students not eligible for a Bulgarian National Diploma are admitted into the two-year IB Diploma Programme. They are also given the opportunity to fulfill the requirements for the ACS American Diploma, which is awarded to students independently of the diploma granted by International Baccalaureate (IB).
ACS provides a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum for all IB students and hires teachers who are experts in their subject matter.
The range of courses offered in the IBDP are:
|English A: Literature Higher Level HL|
|French B: Standard Level SL/ HL||French Ab initio SL|
|Spanish B: SL/HL||Spanish Ab initio SL|
|German B: SL/HL||German Ab initio SL|
|Economics SL/HL||History SL/HL|
|Biology SL/HL||Chemistry SL/HL|
|Mathematics: Applications and interpretations SL/HL|
|Mathematics: Analysis and approaches SL/HL|
In addition, the IB core elements, Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity-Activity-Service (CAS), and the Extended Essay (EE) serve as integral components of the diploma, encouraging students to extend themselves intellectually, while also considering areas of social responsibility.
The IBDP culminates in May of Year 2 when students sit for their final examinations. ACS promotes the personal and intellectual development of each student through the IB Diploma Programme, as outlined by the IBO in the IB Learner Profile (IBO, 2017):
- The aim of all IB Diploma Programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
- IB learners strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.
- IB World Schools believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.
For a more detailed look at what the IB Diploma Programme stands for, please follow the link: https://ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/
For information related to the IB and university recognition of the diploma, please download this official IB publication: Guide of University Recognition
You can read General Regulations: Diploma Programme HERE.
For further information, please contact:
Zornitsa Semkova, Ph.D.
Doctor of Philosophy in History
Master of Arts in History
Specialization in Modern and Contemporary History
Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Professional Qualification: Specialist - Historian and Teacher in History
ACS LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME FIVE-YEAR EVALUATION
From February 2024, the American College of Sofia will begin working on the one year-long process of self-evaluation of the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Programme evaluation is both a requirement and a service provided by the IB Organization every five years and aims for the IB to ensure that the standards and practices of the programme are being maintained. However, equal in its importance, it is a process of formal and comprehensive self-evaluation involving all stakeholders within the ACS IB community, which is the source of new dynamism and momentum and provides an opportunity to reflect on achievements and new initiatives and increase communication within the school.