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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: 

  • Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know. 

  • The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. 

  • Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts. 

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 visit the Colorado Department of Higher Education. 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 email Andy Liddle or call 719-234-2897. Additional information is available on our Academics page. All IB courses are weighted, and IB course descriptions are listed under the appropriate subject.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

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.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

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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.
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