The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) prepares students for university education in a country of their choice. The programme is a pre-university qualification recognised by universities in more than 140 countries, and opens the doors to the best universities in the world.


IBDP at Eerde

At Eerde we teach the English IBDP curriculum. We also support students wanting to study their mother tongue as part of the programme.

An academically challenging and well-balanced program, the IBDP aims to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring individuals who are motivated to succeed.

Our program strives to develop students who will build a better world through intercultural understanding and respect, and to prepare students to effectively participate in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society.

At Eerde International Boarding School, Diploma Programme students engage in enquiry-based, cooperative learning anchored in real world contexts. Eerde’s small class sizes (max. 15) and relaxed close-knit atmosphere in which staff and students interact according to the principles of decency and respect make it the ideal place for young people to learn. Our aim is to spark and nourish in them a passionate, sincere interest in their subjects and extracurricular pursuits.

IBDP in the classroom

IBDP classes are a carefully, constructed mix of activity and reflection. Our IBDP classes are taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers, with almost all staff having a master’s degree or higher. The diversity of nationalities and backgrounds of our IBDP teaching staff ensures a mix of cultural perspectives in the classroom that challenges students to critically assess their assumptions and beliefs.

The IBDP Core

The Core of the IB Diploma Programme is built around three components: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) and Extended Essay (EE). Students must satisfactorily  complete all three Core components in order to be awarded the Diploma. The Core is designed to help students develop the attributes of the Eerde and IB Learner Profiles and grow further as responsible young adults.

TOK is a course that challenges students to critically assess the foundations of what they know. What counts as knowledge? What are valid ways of acquiring knowledge? Can we ever say we know something with certainty? These are all questions at the heart of TOK.

CAS encourages students to learn through practical experience. Students engage in a range of creative, active or service-related experiences with the aim of developing attributes such as initiative, perseverance and compassion.

Each year students plan, organise and execute their own CAS Project which is a collaborative endeavor over a period of at least one month. Recent CAS projects, carried out at Eerden have been as varied as staging a Christmas entertainment at an elderly care home, organising a dodgeball tournament for the local community; and raising money for and volunteering at a local animal shelter.

The Extended Essay is an independent research paper which students write supervised by a member of the teaching faculty. Students may choose to write their essay in any of the Diploma disciplines they are studying and determine their own topics and research questions. This makes the Extended Essay an excellent opportunity for students to follow their passions and develop a deep and sophisticated understanding of a topic of interest to them. The Extended Essay fosters critical thinking skills, problem solving ability, resilience and perseverance.

My IBDP diploma sets me up for a great career. And it’s great to do something in return. I loved our project to raise money for a guide dog for the blind.


Coaching for living and learning

In these exciting formative years our learning coaches support you in meeting the rigorous academic demands of IBDP. Life coaches are also on hand to help with planning and finding the right balance between work and play. In the Creative, Active and Service elements of the programme, you take on physical challenges, express your creativity and engage closely with the local community.

Prepare for university education

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) prepares students for university education in a country of their choice.

The programme is recognized and respected by the world’s leading universities, and evidence shows that higher rates of DP students go on to university and other institutions of higher education than non-IB students.

Our university counsellor provides additional support and assistance in the applications process if you need it and encourages you to explore your university options either online or by visiting open days and academic recruitment fairs.

IBDP Tuition Fees

Interested in our IBDP programme? Have a look at the tuition fees in 2022.

Contact Eerde

Want to join our school or do you need more information? Contact us.