The DP curriculum contains six subject groups together with a core made up of 3 separate parts.
• Three subjects are studied at higher level (HL)
• Three subjects are studied at standard level (SL)
• All three parts of the core - Extended essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action, Service - are compulsory and are central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.
1.) Extended Essay - The extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.
2.) Theory of Knowledge - The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives. At Park Center it occurs during advisory, meeting 90 minutes per week.
3.) Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) - Participation in the school’s CAS programme encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work, thus fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena.