THE KOÇ SCHOOL

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Here at The Koç School we offer students the opportunity to experience a truly international education.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is open to students from Grade 11 onwards, forming a challenging but balanced two year programme of study in a range of subjects.  The design of the course, assessments and final examinations prepare students for success at university and in their future beyond education. The programme is highly respected by the world’s leading universities and is currently on offer in 3,104 schools in 147 different countries around the world.

The IBDP aims to provide an education which balances subject breadth and depth, as well as encouraging broader disciplines through its core components:  the unique Theory of Knowledge course, the Extended Essay and CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service). The course aims to promote international-mindedness, including the study of mother tongue language and culture, within the goal of preparing IB students for university education and beyond.

The whole person is developed through rigorous external and internal assessments, as well as the physical, intellectual, emotional and ethical aspects of the programme.

To meet the requirements of the programme, students choose six courses to study at Higher and Standard Level from a range of options, including languages, social and natural sciences, mathematics and the arts. Throughout these courses students will gain a deep understanding of the IB Learner Profile. The ten aspirational qualities of great learners are listed as inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective. These are the qualities that Koç IB students are inspired and motivated by.

In addition to the classroom study, students widen their education with a core element which challenges their understanding, knowledge and experience. The core consists of:

  • Extended Essay, which enhances research skills and independent learning.
  • Theory of Knowledge, which encourages students to reflect and critically examine through language, reason, emotion and perception.
  • Creativity, Activity, Service, which offers students the opportunity to involve themselves in real tasks beyond the classroom.

You can get a glimpse of The Koç School in the IB World Yearbook (2016 – 2017) here.

What is CAS?

CAS consists of three strands: Creativity, Activity and Service.
Creativity aims to improve the creative thinking capability mostly observed in different forms of art.
Activity aims to develop the physical capacity of the student, usually exemplified in sports.
Service aims to involve students in a social service voluntarily in coordination with or with the help of NGOs.

CAS consists of following actors:
Students: Please see the school guide page 10 for responsibilities of students.
CAS Supervisor: Guides and assists a student to do a CAS activity
CAS Advisor: Guides the students in choosing their possible CAS activity and projects. Monitors them regarding their reflection and CAS experience in ManageBac. For our school, advisors are chosen on a voluntary basis amongst teachers
CAS Coordinator: Responsible for the management of the CAS section of the IB Program

What is ManageBac?

In CAS, the IB office aims to go paperless. To do this we are using a software named ManageBac. All the actors of CAS will monitor the CAS activities in ManageBac. All the reflection and documentation of CAS will be uploaded to ManageBac.

How is CAS activity formed on ManageBac?

Stage 1: The student has an interview with his/her CAS advisor. Decides on the possible activities and finds his/her CAS supervisor
Stage 2: The student adds his/her activity on ManageBac by completing forms and submitting the learning outcomes, the supervisor and planned CAS experiences.
Stage 3: The CAS Advisor of the student approves the activity
Stage 4: When the activity is completed, it is approved once again by the CAS advisor and the planned CAS experience is realized.

Is there a CAS Hour limit?

We are not counting hours in CAS anymore. However, achieving 7 learning outcomes and finding the balance between three strands (Creativity, Activity, Service) is the main part.