IB Diploma: Your Passport to Global Education

Southville International School and Colleges is a proud IB World School and has been part of this Global Education family since August 2005.  It is one of only 12 schools in the Philippines offering the IB DP. The IB DP is an academically challenging yet balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities and Diploma students are much sought-after.

Features of the IB Program

•    It has a strong international dimension
•    It draws on content from educational cultures around the world and is founded on best International practice
•    The Diploma requires study across a broad range of subjects as well as transdisciplinary areas
•    There is a special emphasis to learning languages
•    A focus on developing the skills of learning and metacognition
•    Provides opportunities for individual and collaborative planning and  research
•    IBDP encourages students to become responsible and active members of their community

“It is my privilege to welcome you to the world of the International Baccalaureate! It is a highly structured academic course that opens up the possibility of exciting subject choices, work in the community, research tasks, among others. It is, as the name implies, International, accepted worldwide as a standard unsurpassed. It will enkindle a yearning for research and adventure into the realm of knowledge. I welcome you to join us on this journey of discovery and learning.”

– Mr. John C. Wraith
Giftedness Mentor, United Kingdom
IB Coordinator, SISC

“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.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), the social sciences, the experimental sciences and mathematics. Student may choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5.

At least three and not more than four subjects are taken at higher level (240 teaching hours), while the other subjects are taken at standard level (150 teaching hours). In addition to disciplinary and interdisciplinary study, the Diploma Programme features three core elements that broaden students’ educational experience and challenge them to apply their knowledge and skills.

  • The extended essay asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying. The world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.
  • Theory of knowledge develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
  • Creativity, action, service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

The marks awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on theory of knowledge and the extended essay. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.

Assessment is criterion-related, which means student performance is measured against pre-specified assessment criteria based on the aims and objectives of each subject curriculum, rather than the performance of other students taking the same examinations. The range of scores that students have attained remains statistically stable, and universities value the rigour and consistency of Diploma Programme assessment practice.

The aim of all IB 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.

As IB Learners we strive to be:

We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives — intellectual, physical, and emotional — to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by IB World Schools. We believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

Entrance Requirements and Selection Criteria

  1. Excellent track record in International and national academic contests
  2. Shall be among the Top 5 finishing Grade 10 students
  3. IQ of not lower than VS
  4. Excellent behavior


  1. Maximum of 3 slots for students from SISC
  2. Maximum of 2 slots from non-SISC schools
  3. Priority is given to SGEN schools for non-SISC slots


  1. Full tuiton and development fee for students who have gained top awards in at least 5 international major academic competitions
  2. 70% tuition for SISC and non-SISC students who obtained top awards in at least 3 national major contests

Tutorial, Summer clasess or Extended Mid-year(EMY) classes shall be paid in full by the sudent

Requirements for retention in the Scholarship Program

To maintain

  1. Average Rating of at least 5 in the external exams; no rating lower than the international passing rate
  2. A GWA of not lower than 3.5
  3. No Discipline infraction
  4. To continue joining academic competitions – national and international

Parents and students should sign contract with SISC that the students’ pictures/names will be included in our Marketing Collaterals and school-related publications; that they should include a good word about Southville in their interviews even when they have graduated or left SISC


Hannah Villanueva

My experience at the IB has been a catalyst for who I am today, how I work as an individual and how I interact with the world around me. It has equipped me with a strong sense of self responsibility for my academic performance, self-awareness for pushing my limits expanding my capabilities and a notion of social responsibility for the global issues facing my personal community on a daily basis