The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is for students aged 16-19. The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising Theory of Knowledge; Creativity, Activity, Service; and the Extended Essay.

Dar al Marefa is authorised by the IB to offer the Diploma Programme in grades 11 and 12. Our school is one of 20 schools in Dubai which currently offer the IB DP, and the only school to offer a fully bilingual IB Programme in Arabic and English.

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

What distinguishes IBDP

The IB Diploma Programme focuses on international perspectives of learning and teaching, while insisting that students fully explore their home culture and language, encouraging students to reflect at a personal and academic level.

Students graduating from the Diploma Programme find that it enhances their opportunities at university. The IB works closely with universities around the world to gain recognition for IB programmes, and the Diploma Programme is widely recognised, allowing mobility for students.

The Programme

DP is an academically challenging programme for students in grades 11 and 12. It consists of a rigorous pre-university curriculum wherein students study six subjects over the course of two years, complete internal assessments that are moderated abroad, and sit for external examinations in each subject at the end of the programme. Subjects are offered at two levels: Higher Level or Standard Level.

The programme model divides the IB subjects across six academic areas (groups) surrounding the core, Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay (EE), and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), that are delivered in each classroom using innovative approaches to Teaching and Learning.

Each student can receive a maximum of 42 points in total for the six subjects. Diploma Programme students have an opportunity to gain three additional points depending on their Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge grades, thereby allowing for a maximum of 45 points (42 points for six subjects + 3 for TOK and EE).


At Dar Al Marefa, there are two streams within grades 11 and 12: the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Diploma Courses. Students are streamed according to academic strengths, teacher recommendations, and students’ plans for future study.

The IB Diploma Courses qualify for Certificate of Equivalency from KHDA. No equivalency is required for the IB Diploma.

The IBDP Global Advantage

Both Diploma Programme and Diploma Course students have an excellent chance of entering top universities locally and abroad – the DP and DC are highly respected by universities worldwide.

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