Diploma Programme (DP)

The Diploma Programme (DP) curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay.

Through the Diploma Programme (DP) core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.

Through the DP, Discovery Canyon develops students who:

  • have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge
  • flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
  • study at least two languages
  • excel in traditional academic subjects
  • explore the nature of knowledge through the programme's unique Theory of Knowledge course.

The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. 

Made up of the three required components, the DP core  aims to broaden students' educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

The three core elements are:

The six subject groups are:

There are different courses within each subject group.


Students choose courses from the following subject groups: studies in language and literature; language acquisition; individuals and societies; sciences; mathematics; and the arts.

Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.


Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL).  HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at higher level.


Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level. Standard level subjects are typically one year courses. Higher level subjects, typically extend over both the Junior and Senior year.


Many students earning the IB Diploma and/or score well on individual course exams are awarded advanced standing and/or college credit at colleges and universities around the world. In addition, students attending a Colorado public university are awarded a minimum of 24 credit hours for an IB diploma. 


All DP, CP and IB Scholar students are expected to enroll and complete a one or two year course and are required to take the end of course IB exams. Taking a IB year end examination is a strong predictor of success in post-secondary education. Financial support is available for those who qualify. For more information on college credit in Colorado and the Diploma Program click here. For University admission information Worldwide, please see the University Policy Index

If you have questions or would like to register for the Diploma Programme, please call Andy Liddle at 234-2897 or email him at andy.liddle@asd20.org. You can also get more information online on the DCC IB web page. All IB courses are weighted, and IB course descriptions are listed under the appropriate subject.


IB Diploma Programme Example Schedules

9th10th11th 12th
MathMYP Algebra 1MYP GeometryAlgebra IIIB Math Analysis
Lang & Lit

MYP Fresh

 L & L

MYP Spoh 

L & L 

Individuals and SocietiesMYP Civics/ MYP EconMYP US History History of the Americas HL IHistory of the Americas HL II
ScienceMYP BiologyMYP ChemistryHL Physics IHL Physics II
World LanguageMYP Spanish IIMYP Spanish IIIIB Spanish IVIB Spanish V
ElectiveIntro to PE/ HealthTeam Sports/ Speech and DebateTheory of KnowledgeTheory of Knowledge/ Attendance Waiver
ElectiveMen's ChoirPrism  (Men's advanced Choir) Storm Singers (Show Choir)

Storm Singers

(Show Choir)

ElectiveStudy Hall/ AWOn- Campus Attendance WaiverSL PsychologyAttendance Waiver

Your exact schedule will vary based on the courses you choose and if those courses are one or two years in length.

Why IB?

DCC is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a prestigious, worldwide program that offers a rigorous two-year pre-university course of study, leading to examinations, that meets the needs of the highly motivated eleventh and twelfth grade student.


IB provides students with different linguistic, cultural, and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social, and critical perspectives necessary for the adult world that lies ahead of them. Students who wish to challenge themselves and to receive an excellent preparation for their college studies should plan their junior and senior schedules to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma.


An overview of the IB Diploma Programme can be found at this site, IBO DP.