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The IB is a natural choice of curriculum given the synergy between the school’s educational philosophy and the IB philosophy. The IB Mission Statement translates into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century learner.

Bombay International School was established in 1962 and has been a pioneer in holistic education and student-centric teaching and learning processes. BIS has always focused on inquiry and experiential learning. Students are sensitized to Indian culture, history and are encouraged to appreciate diversity. They develop awareness about international issues and take active and responsible action. We inculcate a spirit of compassion, collaboration and attitudes of self-management, creativity, communication, critical thinking and research.

What is the Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The programme, has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

The Diploma Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they:

- develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically
- acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from 6 subject groups
- develop the skills and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare them for higher education
- study at least two languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own

- make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course
- undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the extended essay
- enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, action and service


The extended essay asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying.  The world studies extended essay option allows students tofocus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.

Theory of knowledge develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.

Creativity, action, service (CAS) involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.

Subjects offered at Bombay International School:

Group 1: Languages

1) English A: Literature (HL/SL)
2) English A: Language and literature (HL/SL)

Group 2: Languages

1) Hindi B (HL/SL)
2) German B (HL/SL)
3) Spanish Ab initio (SL only)

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

1) Economics (HL/SL)
2) History (HL/SL)
3) Psychology (HL/SL)
4) Business Management (HL/SL)

Group 4: Experimental Sciences

1) Physics (HL/SL)
2) Chemistry (HL/SL)
3) Biology (HL/SL)
4) Environmental Systems and Societies (SL only)

Group 5: Mathematics

1) Mathematics (HL/SL)
2) Mathematics Studies (SL only)

Group 6:The Arts

1) Visual Arts (SL/HL)

Students are required to pick one from each group with the exception of Group 6. Either a group 6 subject can be selected or another subject from Groups 1 – 5.