IB Diploma Programme (Candidate School)

The American School of Marrakesh is a candidate school* for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**

*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

For more information on the IB Diploma Programme, please visit the IB website at www.ibo.org.

**Mission Statement from the IB
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Types of Students at the Diploma Programme Level:

When ASM is authorized (candidate school currently), there will be three types of students at the diploma programme level. All students will be encouraged to attempt the full diploma programme:

A full diploma student will attempt the full diploma programme by taking one subject from each group, three at the standard level and the remaining three at the higher level in addition to the core (CAS, EE & TOK). The student will sit in for and pass the external IB examinations to earn his/her Diploma.

A course certificate student will not attempt the full diploma programme but will take one or more course certificates. The student will sit in for and pass the external IB examinations to earn his/her course certificate(s) of choice.

A non-examination student will not attempt the full programme nor course certificates. The student will not sit in for IB examinations. The student will earn an ASM American High School Diploma if s/he earned the required credits from ASM. The student will take ASM exams.

ASM Diploma Programme Subject Proposal (Candidate School):


Group 1 Studies in Language and Literature
  • English A: SL/HL
  • French A: SL
Group 2 Language Acquisition
  • Arabic B
  • French B
  • Spanish ab initio
Group 3 Individuals & Societies
  • History SL/HL
  • Geography SL/HL
Group 4 Sciences
  • Biology SL/HL
  • Physics SL/HL
  • Environmental Systems & Societies SL
Group 5 Mathematics
  • Analysis & Approaches SL/HL
  • Applications & Interpretations SL/HL
Group 6 The Arts
  • Visual Arts SL
  • Music SL
*SL = IB Standard Level | HL = IB Higher Level
Extended Essay (EE); Theory of Knowledge (TOK); & Creativity, Activity & Service (CAS)
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