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IB Diploma Program

IB DP 1-2,  16 TO 19 YEARS OLD

Ermitage students enter the IB Diploma Program to become critical thinkers and develop an excellent depth and breadth of knowledge. Fully invested in their own success guided by our IB staff, our IB DP students excel physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically.

The IB Diploma Program Curriculum

The IB DP curriculum is composed of 6 subject groups, in addition to the IB Core. With guidance from their DP coordinator and academic coach, students choose 3 subjects to learn at a higher level and 3 at a standard level. The arts are elective and can be replaced by an additional course in one of the first four groups.

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Group 1: Language & Literature

  • English Literature
  • English Language & Literature
  • French Language & Literature
  • French Literature

Group 2: Language & Acquisition 

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

  • Business & Management
  • Economics
  • Global Politics
  • History
  • Psychology

Group 4: Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Systems 
  • Physics

Group 5: Mathematics

  • Applications & Interpretations
  • Analysis & Approaches

Group 6: The Arts

  • Visual Arts

The IB Core: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), and the Extended Essay, broaden the student experience and emphasize applied skills. In TOK, students use focused inquiry to reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know. CAS allows for personal and interpersonal development through problem-solving and initiative in an area that is meaningful to the student. Finally, the Extended Essay is a self-directed research project, culminating in a 4,000-word paper.

Core Courses

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)
  • Extended Essay (EE)

Ermitage students in the Diploma Program learn to take responsibility for their education and become the independent learners that universities seek.

The Ermitage Team Approach

Ermitage IB students are surrounded by a supportive team who work hard to make sure they feel secure, stimulated, and successful

  • All of our IB students are engaged in their lessons through interactive classrooms where teachers facilitate discussions and can follow student progress closely.
  • Coaches at each class level check in with students regularly to make sure they are being sufficiently challenged in the classroom, but also to support them in any way possible.
  • The CAS Coordinator and CAS Supervisors work with DP students as they take initiative to plan their CAS journey, reflect on their progress and achieve their goals. They encourage students to think big and coach them to effectively manage their CAS projects.
  • Each IB DP student has an Extended Essay Supervisor who guides them through their individual research project, from start to finish, when they submit their essays to the IB.
  • A University Advisor continues to work with each student to target their future aspirations and find the best fit for them as they plan for the future.

Are You Considering the IB Diploma Program?

Here are some things to consider:

Instruction is primarily in English and you can study other languages at an advanced level.


Class sizes are small and you'll
interact with your classmates and teachers extensively.


You'll have to work hard, but you'll build skills and create memories that will last you a lifetime.


The wide range of academic subjects, as well as service, leadership, and activities will keep you engaged and boost your university profile.


You lead: in choosing your classes, participating in discussions and designing your projects.



Out into the World

Besides encouraging great academic performance, the IB at Ermitage also provides our students with an empathetic and intercultural framework in which they grow and develop essential skills. Our graduates are ready to face the world with clear eyes, open hearts and the tools they need to reach their goals, wherever they may go.

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IB Middle Years Program
Whether you are coming from the Ermitage bilingual program, another international school, a local school in France or abroad, you can find your place in the Middle Years Program at Ermitage.
University Advising
Your future is important to us and we start University Advising early on in order to understand your ambitions and guide you as effectively as possible in planning your next steps. An Ermitage education gives you access to the best universities in the world. It's up to you to seize the opportunity!
Students from France and all over the world come to live in our historic French homes. Families can choose between 5 or 7-day boarding options. We provide a safe and caring atmosphere to make Ermitage your home away from home.

At Ermitage, our students have the freedom to choose the program that's right for them.

Janelle Dubos
IB Admissions