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International Baccalaureate Program ​

The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) ( is taught in English. EMIS is an authorized IB World School. These schools share a common philosophy; a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that EMIS believes is important for our students. (...)


Life in school naturally brings international understanding and respect for one another. The International Baccalaureate Program (IB) ( is taught in English. EMIS is an authorized IB World School. These schools share a common philosophy; a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that EMIS believes is important for our students. We have developed, in partnership with Tel Aviv University and the renowned Israeli high-tech industry, a unique extracurricular program to provide all students with entrepreneurial skills. Additionally, all students create or join an entrepreneurial project, whether it be individually or in a group, with a focus on social, business or both, to be completed throughout the two year course. We believe in providing our students with the education and tools that will enable them to make their dreams a reality in any area they choose; be it the arts, science, business or social change. Environmental studies are a dominant field of our education with special emphasis on learning about the deserts and arid zones prevalent in our region. We are partnered with Tel Aviv University Porter School for Environmental Studies to offer our students a unique, cutting-edge academic and practical experience. The region’s rich history that dates back to the beginning of civilization sets the base for history and religious and language studies. Community service is also an integral part of life on campus and aims to merge the students with local communities in neighboring Israeli and Palestinian communities.

EMIS offers a range of IB Diploma Programme (DP) courses in Grades 11 and 12 that allow students to plan a track of study best suited to their individual strengths, interests, and goals. In implementing the unique curriculum of the IBDP, our experienced international faculty members support all learners and their specific learning styles. The combination of Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) courses and the considerable latitude available in choosing an Extended Essay topic, allows each student to focus in-depth on mathematics, humanities, or sciences. At the same time, the student enjoys the benefits of a broad-based liberal arts education. During the two years of the Diploma Programme, students have ample opportunity to review their work, knowledge, and skills with their teachers prior to internal and external assessments. A range of practice tests and assessments prepare students for externally graded examinations in their final year.

The IB learner Profile​

The IB learner profile is 10 attributes that translate the IB mission to the learning process the schools apply for their students. All IB students strive to achieve these attributes during their learning process and beyond. The IB teaches lifelong skills and qualities, to create skilled and responsible individuals with a considerable role in society.

The Curriculum at EMIS​

The IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a 2-year course in which students continue all selected subjects for the full duration of their time at EMIS. The selection of courses is, therefore, an important consideration that can help guide students down a path in preparation for university. Some university admissions departments have specific requirements for their academic programs, so students should do research before choosing their subjects.

EMIS offers a strong list of IB subject options for a school its size, but not every course is always available. Subject offerings depend on faculty scheduling, student demand, timetabling restrictions, and other factors. In some cases, future students of EMIS will have to make difficult decisions based on the range of subject options available through our particular schedule.

Curriculum - IB Requirements

Students choose one course from each of six groups during their years in the Diploma Programme (DP1 and DP2). Students study three courses at the Standard Level (typically 150 teaching hours) and three at the Higher Level (240 hours), which provides the flexibility to delve deeply into each student’s strongest subjects while providing a broad base of knowledge. Students may choose either an Arts subject from group 6 or a second subject from Groups 1 to 5. Students study and take examinations in English.

All IB students take six subjects: three at Higher Level, in which subjects are studied at greater depth and take more time, and three at Standard Level. 

Students must select one subject each from Groups 1-5. Group 6 is optional; students can choose to study an additional subject from any of Groups 3-4.

Levels: Students will take some subjects at the Higher Level (HL) and others at the Standard Level (SL). HL courses are studied in greater depth and take up considerably more time for students in the DP. HL courses involve a minimum of 240 teaching hours, while the minimum for SL courses is 150 teaching hours. The IB requires all students to study a minimum of 3 subjects at the Higher Level (not more than 4 HLs), and the remaining subjects at the Standard Level.

* HL – Higher Level / * SL – Standard Level

*Courses will depend on faculty availability, student demand, timetabling restrictions, and other factors.

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. (EE, CAS, and TOK)

Arabic A Language & Literature – SL & HL

English A Language & Literature – SL & HL

Hebrew A Literature – SL & HL

Self-Taught Literature – SL only

French Ab Initio – SL only

Spanish Ab Initio – SL only

English B – HL only


Economics – SL & HL

Global Politics – SL & HL

Social & Cultural Anthropology – SL & HL

Philosophy – SL & HL

Environmental Systems & Societies -SL only

Biology – SL & HL

Chemistry – SL & HL

Physics – SL & HL

Computer Science – SL & HL

Environmental Systems & Societies -SL only

Math Applications & Interpretations – SL only

Math Analysis and Approaches – SL & HL

*Group 6 is optional; students can choose to study an additional subject from any of the 1-4 groups instead.

Visual Arts – HL only


The Extended Essay is a 4,000-word essay that all IB Diploma Programme students write on a topic of special interest drawn from their studies. With the guidance of an advisor, each student conducts independent research, prepares her ideas, and organizes material for her essay. The skills and techniques honed in creating the Extended Essay provide a valuable foundation for university.

Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) encourage students to involve themselves beyond the curriculum in the arts, athletics, and service to others. Over the two-year Diploma Programme, students involve themselves in the three CAS areas, developing and sharing their energies and talents while they learn to work cooperatively.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is an interdisciplinary course designed to stimulate critical thinking and reflection. It challenges students to question the bases of knowledge, be aware of bias, and learn to analyze the evidence used in presenting an argument.

Assessment in the diploma program​

A key feature of the International Baccalaureate is its emphasis on criterion-based assessment of performance. All examinations held in Grade 12, at the end of the two-year Diploma Programme, are graded externally by IB examiners. Grades are awarded on a scale of one to seven, with seven being the highest.

In addition to their exam grades, students may receive up to three bonus points for combined performance in the Theory of Knowledge course and the Extended Essay. An International Baccalaureate Diploma is awarded to students who graduate with at least 24 points, up to a maximum of 45 points.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programs: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate).

Language Considerations​

All students will be required to complete a placement test in English upon their arrival at EMIS. It is not part of your EMIS grades, it is just to help us advise you as you choose an English class.

Language A: Language and Literature subjects are intended for students whose native language is the subject of study. All students are required to take at least 1 Language A subject, and some students who have the ability may choose 2 Language A subjects. Students who complete 2 Language A subjects will receive a “Bilingual Diploma” and don’t have to do a Language B subject. Only students with a native or near-native level of proficiency should seriously consider 2 Language A subjects. EMIS offers Language A subjects with a regular classroom teacher in Arabic, Hebrew, and English. Students whose level of Arabic or English is not fully proficient or near native should select as their Language A subject their mother tongue language, keeping in mind that they will be required to take the course as “Self-Taught.”

Bilingual Diploma: The possibility of graduating from EMIS with a Bilingual Diploma is of particular appeal to many students. Interested students can achieve the requirements by completing two languages from Group 1 (Language A).

Language A Self-Taught Literature: Students considering a “Self-Taught” Language A subject should know that the selected language should be their mother tongue (or best) language. The “Self-Taught” course, as indicated by the title, does not have a regular classroom instructor. Students in “Self-Taught” must arrange (and pay as needed) for a tutor outside of the school who will help with the selection of required books and will guide portions of their Written Assignment and Individual Oral Commentary. Students should only select a course in “Self-Taught” if they have the ability to manage their time and complete significant coursework independently of a regular instructor. The course can be rewarding but is not suited for everyone. The school provides a Self-Taught Coordinator who meets with students on a weekly basis and facilitates the IB assessments. Keep in mind that “Self-Taught” is not available at the Higher Level (HL). For a full list of available “Self-Taught” language courses, request information from the EMIS DP Coordinator or visit

Language Ab Initio: “Ab Initio” (meaning from the beginning) is a language acquisition course intended for students with little or no experience in the language.


Science Considerations​

Students may initially choose whichever Science they want. However, after a few weeks, a test will be given to ensure that students are placed in the appropriate course. IB Science courses are challenging, and it is important that students are placed in a subject in which they can be successful.

Certain countries require students studying in their universities to complete a Higher Level science of some kind. Students should look into the particular admissions requirements of the universities of interest to them and their future course of study.

Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS) is an interdisciplinary subject in the IB that allows students who take the course to have it count as either a Group 3 or a Group 4 subject, or as both a Group 3 and Group 4 subject. Moreover, it is an important subject for EMIS because it aligns with our mission of sustainability.