The IB Diploma is based on a holistic educational philosophy that requires students to master six academic subjects:
Students pursuing the IB Diploma will take classes and the corresponding exams in each subject area. Typically, three courses are taken at the higher (HL) level, requiring 240 hours of instruction with the remainder completed at the standard (SL) level. In addition, the student must successfully complete the CAS, Extended Essay and TOK requirements. Students earning a cumulative IB exam score of 24 or higher (maximum score is 45) are awarded the IB Diploma from the IBO Headquarters located in Geneva, Switzerland. All IB Diploma candidates graduate with honors from Capuchino High School
Students who do not wish to earn the IB Diploma may participate in the IB Programme as certificate students in one to five IB course areas. Certificate students are also required to take the IB exam for each IB course taken.