Kormilda is the only school in the Northern Territory to provide the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). It is recognised as an ideal teaching methodology for students in Years 11 and 12 who are preparing for tertiary study. Over 75,000 students worldwide sit for IBDP examinations each year.
The scope of the curriculum, its academic rigour, emphasis on community service, and international perspective ensures that IB Diploma Programme students are sought after or favoured by many universities in Australia and throughout the world. For example, an IBDP student who achieves high marks in a particular subject may receive credit or advanced standing in that subject from some universities.
The IBDP provides a liberal education with emphasis on philosophy of learning. It involves a range of assessment procedures in which external examinations are complemented by internal assessment. Examinations occur in November with results available in early January. IB Diploma Programme students receive a Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER) that gives direct access to Australian Universities.
Kormilda offers the IBDP and the NT Certificate of Education & Training (NTCET), thereby affording students and parents a choice of senior study.
For students from families who are globally mobile, the IBDP is ideal, as each of its 1,400 plus member schools throughout the world teach identical curriculum, offering students continuity in education during vital pre-university years.
The IBDP is criterion referenced, which means that as long as an individual reaches the required standard, grades are awarded regardless of the standard reached by other students. There is no scaling of marks. Students may also re-sit subjects, if required, in the following May.