All Grade 11 and 12 students at UWC ISAK Japan enroll in the world-recognized IB Diploma Programme.
Established in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is a two-year advanced secondary school diploma that is considered by many to be the gold standard in high school education. The IB DP curriculum is taught in schools in more than 140 countries, and is recognized by many of the most prestigious colleges and universities around the world, including Harvard, Oxford and MIT.
With the help of an advisor, students choose six courses (three standard level and three higher level) from six subject groups. One subject must be chosen from the first five groups, and the sixth subject can be chosen from Group 6, or a second subject can be chosen from Groups 1, 2, 3 or 4. Since the IBDP is a two-year program, students in Grade 12 continue studying the subjects started in Grade 11. IB examinations are held near the end of Grade 12.
Currently UWC ISAK Japan offers the following IB courses:
(All subjects are offered at both higher level and standard level unless indicated)
GROUP 1: Language A
Group 2 – Language B
Group 3 – Individuals & Societies
|Group 4 – Experimental Sciences
Group 5 – Mathematics
Group 6 – The Arts
2018-2019 Academic Year
Arico Bolger – Japanese
Ann van den Borne – P.E. (non-IB course)
Carolina Buitrago – Mathematics
Yaling Chien – Mandarin, Mandarin Lit, SSST
James Earwood – Global Politics
Francis Gonzalez – Spanish
Brenda Hasham – ToK, History
Jolyon Hinton – Visual Art
Mineko Kobayashi – Japanese
Sharon Lacoste – ToK, Film
Pierre Lacoste – Math
Stephanie Lin – Mandarin
Daisuke Masui – Japanese
Brendon McGibbon – Music
Marcos Melero – Math
Catherine Mimuro – Biology
Ryan Murphy – Physics
Masako Ogawa – P.E. (non-IB course)
Jonathan Osorio – English Literature
Jennifer Paddock – Mathematics
Vineeth Parameswaran – Economics
Jaya Ramchanani – Math
Cary Reid – ToK, Global Politics
Noriko Saiki Maggio – Japanese
Simone Sgarbossa – English
Izumi Tsurumi – Biology
Jason Underwood – ToK, English
Jyothi Venugopal – Computer Science
Estella Wong – ToK, English, English Literature
About the IBDP
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Benefits of an IB Education
The IB DP is a challenging program considered by many to be the best preparation for university life. Students who pursue the IB DP acquire the following skills:
- Ability to think critically across a broad range of subjects.
- Advanced research and writing skills.
- Communication, presentation and teamwork skills.
- Time management skills.
- Exposure to international ideas and perspectives.
- Engagement in learning outside the classroom, including extracurricular activities and service opportunities.
The IB Diploma Programme and University Admission
The IB DP is well-respected by admissions officers at colleges and universities worldwide. More than 100 countries recognize the IBDP as a university entrance certificate. Some universities also offer college credit or advanced standing to students who have successfully completed the IBDP. Additionally, a growing number of top-level Japanese universities are beginning to accept IBDP results in place of traditional entrance exams. Learn more about the IBDP on the IBO website.
“IB is well known to us for excellent preparation. Success in an IB Programme correlates well with success at Harvard. We are always pleased to see the credentials of the IB Diploma Programme on the transcript. GPA is not nearly as important a factor in university admission as the IB Diploma. If a student has to choose, choose the Diploma over protecting the GPA.”
-Marilyn McGrath Lewis, Director of Admissions, Harvard University