AP / IB Info
College Preparatory Programs
Dhahran High School is pleased to offer both the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma. Both programs provide rigorous programs of study for university-bound graduates.
The International Baccalaureate began in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a two-year holistic program of study that incorporates six courses of study as well as three courses known as the core. In these core courses, students study theory of knowledge, write a 4000-word extended essay, and complete a program of creativity, activity, and service. The purpose of the program is to offer students a broad spectrum of coursework with high academic rigor, as well as a focus on character development, global-mindedness, and international perspective.
The AP Capstone program began in 2014 and was developed by the College Board to improve college readiness and critical thinking skills for university-bound students. Students earn an AP Capstone diploma by taking any four AP courses in addition to two required courses, AP Seminar and AP Research. Students complete university-level coursework focused on content related to the student’s interests while developing their skills of research, critical-thinking, and communication.
Both the IB Program and the AP Capstone programs are academically challenging courses of study and receive the “most demanding” classification from university admissions departments.
Emily Bearns, IB/AP Coordinator
Phone: +966.13.330.0555 ext. 2457
Fax: +966.13.330.0555 ext. 2436