Learning in a World Community

The International Baccalaureate curriculum is a fundamental component of the RAS High School curriculum.

Those students who are successful in accepting the challenge, are awarded an IB Diploma in addition to the the RAS High School Diploma.
Our school’s commitment to offering students an all round educational experience combined with our aim to enable our students to reach their full academic potential, goes hand in hand with the philosophy of the IBO.
“The IB program challenges and inspires students in so many ways. We see them acquiring new knowledge and  becoming curious, impassioned and engaged in the process. Their critical thinking skills are sharpened and by the time they finish they are justifiably confident of their ability to tackle almost anything.”

Claire Mkinsi
IB Coordinator at RAS.

Why International Baccalaureate?

We believe the IB provides an education suited to the demands of the 21st Century.

The success of the IB program at RAS speaks for itself;

We have become an established IB school, and when we look at our graduates as they move forward through university or college and into their future careers around the world, we are constantly reminded of how much our students benefit from following an IB curriculum. The two-year program gives them time to grow, acquire in-depth knowledge, and develop excellent communication and presentation skills. Students learn to think and work independently yet also learn how to be team-players, and how to be “civically, socially and environmentally responsible”. When they leave for university, we know they are ready and prepared.

IB Diploma Programme: A strong predictor of success in university – www.ibo.org
Recent research on the performance of students in the IB Diploma Programme
PDF: http://www.ohioib.org/StudentPerfBrochure1_9.pdf

We believe the IB provides an education suited to the demands of the 21st Century – be it university or the work-place – and it suits a variety of different kinds of students; those who don’t quite know what to do later on and those who want to specialize in particular subject areas; the most able with ambitions to go to the very best colleges and universities, as well as less academic students who will benefit from the breadth of study and the learning skills acquired. However, for those students who prefer to focus their attention on attaining the RAS Diploma, there is the opportunity to take one or more individual IB courses and to sit for external examinations for IB certificates in those subjects at higher or standard level.


The Rabat American School began offering the IB Diploma Program (IBDP) in 1992.

A rigorous pre-university course of studies that meets the needs of highly-motivated secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19 years, the IB programme has a strong international dimension, drawing on cultural experience and knowledge from around the world. It nurtures the values of tolerance and respect, providing a firm foundation for students to take their place as global citizens of the twenty first century.

The IB Diploma

Students are encouraged to develop independent learning and critical thinking skills which prepare them for higher education and employment.

Students working towards the full IB Diploma take six subjects, three at the higher level (HL) and three at the standard level (SL)

Students are encouraged to develop independent learning and critical thinking skills which prepare them for higher education and employment. The courses span a range of subject areas (as shown in the curriculum framework diagram), so that the IB can achieve its goal of providing “a package of education that balances subject breadth and depth.” As well as English and mathematics, students must study a second language, a science and a social science.  For their sixth choice, students must choose either an arts subject or study an additional language, science or social science.

It is generally advised that the subject(s) most closely related to a student’s likely degree course or college major should be studied at higher level. In this way students are able to study some subjects in depth and others more broadly within a program that caters to their strengths and interests.
Learn more about the Diploma

At RAS, we offer the following IB courses, though some subjects vary from year to year according to particular circumstances and student demand.
  • English A – HL & SL
  • Arabic A – HL & SL
  • Economics – HL & SL
  • Biology – HL & SL
  • Mathematics – HL & SL
  • Visual Arts – HL & SL
  • Supported self-study
    ‘mother tongue’ language – SL
  • Arabic B – HL & SL
  • Geography – SL
  • Chemistry – HL & SL
  • Mathematical Studies – SL
  • History – HL & SL
  • Physics – HL & SL
  • French A – HL & SL
  • French B – HL & SL
  • French (Beginner) – SL
  • Spanish (Beginner) SL

HL = Higher Level / SL = Standard Level

In the 2014/15 Academic Year RAS will offer Pamoja online IB courses in subject areas not offered at RAS. 

Core Requirements

  • Extended Essay
    The Extended Essay is an independent research task, relating to one of the student’s higher level subjects. By the end of their first IB year, Grade 11, the students complete a 3000-4000 research paper in an area of their choice. Though challenging, the finished essays give students an enormous sense of accomplishment, and working on them (with the help of a supervisor) offers excellent preparation for college level studies.
  • Theory of Knowledge
    This course is designed to encourage students to “reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing and different kinds of knowledge.” Students learn to think analytically, ethically and philosophically in this stimulating and challenging subject. At its conclusion, they must give an oral presentation in which they explore the knowledge issues presented by a substantive real-life situation and submit a 1200-1600 word essay on one of six topics assigned by the IBO.
  • Creativity, Action and Service
    Another key feature of the IBDP is Creativity, Action and Service (CAS). This required component,  spread over two years, highlights the importance of experiential learning and aims to challenge and extend the individual through a range of artistic, practical, sporting, and community-service activities.
University Recognition

Students are encouraged to develop independent learning and critical thinking skills which prepare them for higher education and employment.

The IBO awards an internationally–recognized diploma that is respected by universities throughout the world.

Many European and international universities require the IB Diploma for admission, while colleges in the US generally regard it as an enhancement to student applications and sometimes offer credit for IB higher level course certificates. However, policies do vary from country to country, and from institution to institution. The IBO maintains a searchable online database at http://www.ibo.org/country . This database has information regarding the IB in specific countries: IB schools, colleges/universities that recognize the IB Diploma/certificates, and the recognition policy of each government.

For more information on recognition please refer to the IBO website.

  • United States
    • The IB Diploma Programme is widely recognized as one of the most challenging high school curricula
    • Some schools offer sophomore standing for successful completion of the Diploma Program, usually with a minimum score requirement
    • University credit or placement is offered for higher level scores of 5 or more, though this may vary; credit or placement is not generally offered for certificates in standard level subjects, though there are exceptions in this area too
  • United Kingdom
    • The IB diploma is required for acceptance as an international student at the majority of British universities
    • Minimum scores for certain subjects may also be required;  acceptance may be contingent on obtaining sufficient scores
  • Other European countries
      • Generally require the IB diploma but may have additional requirements which should be researched well in advance
I hope you will find this information useful – but please also take a look at our IB brochure.
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