Horizon Japan International School is an authorized IB World School and offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP).

DP 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 philosophy of the IB DP emphasizes high academic standards in the 6 mandatory areas of study: first and second languages, mathematics, humanities, science and the arts. This academic quality is complimented by an emphasis on personal development in areas such as philosophy and social awareness.

The IB Diploma Programme is comprised of the Diploma Programme Core and the IB Curriculum.

The DP Core




  • The Extended Essay (EE) 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 to focus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) 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, Activity, 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. Activity 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.

The “Core” is comprised of a class called Theory of Knowledge (TOK), an Extended Essay (EE), and a two- year commitment to Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS).

Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5
Group 6

English A: Language and Literature

The Group 1 Language programme offers students the opportunity to study language and/or literature in the first language of the student or the language in which the student is most competent. This will normally be the language of the environment to which the student has been exposed from an early age or for an extended period.

  • English HL/SL 
  • Japanese A HL/SL 
  • Self-taught Language SL

Language Acquisition

Language Acquisition is a foreign language learning course designed for students with some previous experience of the language. It may be studied at either higher level or standard level.

The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development in the four primary language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Language Ab Initio provides an opportunity for students to further their linguistic skills by taking up a second foreign language, or for students to learn a foreign language for the first time.

  • English B
  • Japanese B 
  • Japanese Ab Initio 

Individuals and Societies

Group 3 courses comprise the study of the nature of a human as an individual and as a member of a social group. In a larger sense, the character of human culture itself is investigated to develop the student’s understanding of society both from the microcosmic and macrocosmic viewpoints.

  • Business and Management SL/HL 
  • Economics SL 
  • History SL 
  • Information Technology in a Global Society SL/HL 
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL 

Experimental Sciences

Through studying any of the group 4 subjects, students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. While the “scientific method” may take on a wide variety of forms, it is the emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work that distinguishes the group 4 subjects from other disciplines and characterizes each of the subjects within group 4.

  • Chemistry SL/HL 
  • Biology SL/HL 
  • Physics SL/HL 
  • Design and Technology SL 
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL 


In group 5, 2 Mathematics options are available to cater for different abilities and levels of student interest. Each course aims to deepen a student’s understanding of mathematics as a discipline and to promote confidence and facility in the use of mathematical language.

  • Mathematics Application and Interpretation SL
  • Mathematics Analysis and Approaches HL

The Arts/Electives

These courses are taken from the world of fine arts. They require students to perform, compose and create works in theatre, music and art. The aim is for students to experience and develop an appreciation and proficiency in these areas. A second subject from group 1-5 can be chosen instead of a group 6 subject.

  • Visual Art SL/HL

Online IB Courses: These courses are offered through Pamoja Education, in association with the IB, and require an additional fee. Online courses are only recommended for students capable of independent work. 

Requirements of obtaining an IBDP Diploma

The IB diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole program. Each course is graded on a scale of 1-7, and the highest total that an IBDP student can be awarded is 45 points (world average: 29.9). Candidates who successfully meet the below conditions will be awarded the diploma.

  • Minimum of 24 points
  • Minimum 12 points from three HL subjects
  • No final grade of 2 in any HL subject unless that total points earned is 28 or more
  • No final grade of 1 in any subject at any level
  • No academic dishonesty
  • Passing grades in both EE and TOK final essays
  • Successful completion of CAS

The IB Diploma Programme Provisional Statistical Bulletin May 2019 Examination Session