THE IB CORE
KNOWLEDEGE 11/12 (2.0 credits; 11th-12th grades required)
TOK asks students to
reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. TOK aims to make
students aware of the interpretative nature of knowledge, including personal
ideological biases – whether these biases are retained, revised or
rejected. It offers students and their teachers
the opportunity to:
reflect critically on diverse ways of knowing and on
areas of knowledge;
consider the role and nature of knowledge in their own
culture, in the cultures of others and in the wider world.
TOK prompts students to:
be aware of themselves as thinkers, encouraging them to
become more acquainted with the complexity of knowledge;
recognize the need to act responsibly in an increasingly
interconnected but uncertain world.
provides coherence for the student, by linking academic subject areas as well
as transcending them. It therefore demonstrates the ways in which the student
can apply their knowledge with greater awareness and credibility. TOK is part of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP)
core, and is mandatory for all students.
This two-year course is assessed through an oral presentation and a
Activity, and Service (independent requirement; 11-12th grades
CAS requires students to complete at least 150 hours of work in
the strands of creativity, activity, and service; complete a CAS project; meet
seven learning outcomes; meet outside of class with advisors; and reflect on
their personal growth in their experiences.
CAS is assessed on a pass/fail set of criteria. All UAIS students must complete CAS as part
of their programme. Students are trained
near the end of their sophomore year.
Essay (independent requirement; 11th-12th grades required)
The Extended Essay is a 4,000-word independent college-level
research paper on a topic of suitable interest for each student working in
conjunction with an assigned teacher supervisor. Students receive multiple trainings during
the junior year, develop an appropriate research question, conduct research,
write an outline, construct a bibliography and draft the paper. The essay is formally assessed by an
independent IBO evaluator.