International School - BI School - Brussels / Waterloo

The Diploma Programme

What is the Diploma Programme?

Pedagogical Philosophy

Our goal in secondary school is to break the stereotypical school system mould of overcrowded classrooms, teachers that are not committed, and students who get lost in the maze. We seek to instil a desire to learn; to nurture students’ curiosity and enthusiasm about the world.

In practice, teachers lecture for a maximum of 20 minutes before working alongside the students. This allows teachers to not only continually keep tabs on the level of each student but also maximises the opportunities for teachers to quickly apprehend students who may not have fully grasped a concept.

This method also allows each student to work at his/ her own pace, all while continually moving forward. One way of explaining our method is in sporting terms. In essence, we «train» students and because each student is unique, we can tailor the pace and rigour of lessons so no student falls behind. We have seen this method work extremely well as it has been the cornerstone of Bogaerts Education for the past 47 years and we intend to continue it. Consequently, our motto is : «More at school, less at home!» We encourage students to put in a maximum effort at school with the reward of there being less homework when they do so.

The Curriculum

Students in Years 11 and 12 follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, an academically challenging programme with final examinations that prepares them for success at university and in life beyond. The 2-year course consists of six subject groups:

GROUP 1: STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

  • English HL & SL
  • French HL & SL

GROUP 2: LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

  • English HL & SL
  • French HL & SL

GROUP 3: INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETIES

  • Business & Management HL & SL
  • Economics HL & SL
  • Psychology HL & SL
  • History SL

GROUP 4: SCIENCES

  • Biology HL & SL
  • Physics HL & SL
  • Chemistry HL & SL
  • Environmental Systems & Societies SL

GROUP 5: MATHEMATICS

  • Mathematics HL & SL
  • Mathematical Studies SL

GROUP 6: THE ARTS

  • Visual Arts HL & SL

Students choose one course from each of the first five subject groups, and either an arts course from the arts group or a second course from one of the other subject groups. Courses are taken at either higher level (HL) or standard level (SL). At least three and not more than four are taken at higher level, while the remaining courses are taken at standard level.

The Core

Central to the philosophy of the programme, the following core classes are taken in addition:

  • the Extended Essay
  • A critical thinking course entitled Theory of Knowledge (ToK)
  • Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) activities

The Diploma Programme Model

The Diploma Programme Model

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Testimonials

Chloe / Year 11

Bogaerts International School has helped me become a critical thinker and more open-minded to different cultures.