Admissions to IB-DP at ALASCA
Thank you for your interest in ALASCA and our IB Diploma Programme!
Below you can find more information about the criteria and process for the admission to our school. This information is a slightly edited excerpt from chapters 6 and 7 from our Admissions policy document.
Admission to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous academic programme requiring academic ability combined with commitment and resilience to succeed. ALASCA offers its students the possibility to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) as a continuation of the Liberal Arts and Science education. All students enrolled for the Diploma Programme are required to meet the requirements of the core subjects and a choice of 6 school subject course: 3 at a standard level and 3 at a higher level. No one can opt to follow a smaller selection of subjects.
Enrolment in the IB Diploma Programme
Enrolment in the IB Diploma Programme is open to the following categories of students:
- Students with a 4 vwo report card of their school providing admission to 5 vwo;
- Students with a full havo diploma;
- Students - Dutch or expatriate - attending (international) schools abroad, who are proficient in Dutch and English and have an academic record sufficient to enter year 5 of pre-university education (vwo).
A fourth-year ALASCA student interested in following the IB Diploma Programme has to submit an application motivation letter. The admissions team will then read all application letters and plan admission interviews to further assess the applicant’s motivation, English proficiency, qualification, and readiness for the DP. When all the applicant students have been interviewed, the admissions team determines the admissibility of each applicant utilising the admission criteria.
Applicant students attending other schools can register for the programme requesting documentation of the previous two years of education to enable the admissions team to determine the eligibility of the applicant student. The following is taken into consideration:
- the academic record (of the previous 2 years of school) and information given at interview.
- a positive review/feedback from the applicants' previous schools.
- Proficiency in using English as a language of instruction.
- Appropriate subject choices (including language).
- A positive attitude toward school life.
Admission criteria IB
Applicant students can be admitted to DP year 1 when the following entry requirements are met:
- Assessment results of year 4 sufficient to be admitted to vwo year 5 or a havo diploma with Maths;
- English language Proficiency should be at least at B2 CFEC. (see Language Policy). Evidence of this proficiency is provided by the student’s achievement in the Language module and the modules taught in English during year 3 and 4 i.e.:
- Writing skills: essay type tasks which are given in several year 4 modules.
- Speaking and listening skills during the admission interview
- Reading skills: comprehension test and a list of books s/he has read in English
- Motivation to follow the Diploma Programme. This should be made evident during the interview and application letter by displaying:
- A clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges of the Diploma Programme that ALASCA offers
- A general idea of the benefits of having an IB diploma
- Eagerness to learn in English and further develop their English language skills
- Eagerness to learn about the subjects offered
- a positive attitude towards school life at ALASCA.
Applicants coming from another school are required to provide positive references, and the academic record (transcripts) of the previous two years at their previous school(s) in addition to the above criteria. When coming from a Middle Years Programme (MYP), applicants need to have achieved a grade 4 or higher in subject areas aimed to follow at Standard Level, and a grade 5 or higher in subject areas aimed to follow at Higher Level, in addition to the above criteria. A check of Maths skills may be part of the intake. Other applicants will be considered, case by case following similar requirements.
Time frame: deadlines for admission to IB-DP
- Each year, in January, a limit is set to the number of students that can be placed in the IB programme.
- The application for admission to the Diploma Programme must be submitted to the IB coordinator of ALASCA, together with a letter of motivation, before the 1st of March.
- Interviews with applicant students will be scheduled in March.
- Admission of students will ultimately be announced in the second week of April, in time to follow necessary modules needed to prepare students for the Diploma Programme.
Admission to the second year of the Diploma Programme (DP2) for external applicants
In exceptional cases, external applicant students meeting all requirements for promotion to the second year of the Diploma Programme may be granted admission. In addition, the school, students and parents need to be able to facilitate a smooth transition. All official documents from the first year of the Diploma programme (internal assessments, Extended Essays, CAS etc.) need to be indicated if they require to be transferred to ALASCA for later IB submission. These documents then need to come with authenticity statements of the previous school. We cannot accommodate DP subjects which are not offered at ALASCA.
All requests must be discussed with the Diploma Programme coordinator.
Criteria to be admitted to the IB Diploma Programme (DP 2)
To qualify for promotion from DP1 to DP2, the students must attain an overall score of 24 points for their 6 subjects and a minimum of D in Theory of Knowledge. This means the average mark for the 6 subjects must be at least 4,0. Students must have a minimum of 12 points for the higher level subjects and a minimum of 9 points for their Standard Level subjects. A grade 1 for a Higher or Standard level subject is a failing condition, as is more than one grade 2.
When the overall result suffers from just one failing condition in a chosen subject, the student will be allowed to re-sit the assessment in the subject for which a failing grade was achieved. The student may indicate that he/she has a preference for the (failing) subject to re-sit, but the teachers will decide during the report meeting which subject the student is allowed to re-sit. Resits are taken two days after the report meeting.
At the end of the academic year, the student must have met three conditions:
- the necessary CAS requirements.
- For the Extended Essay the necessary deadlines must have been met and sufficient progress must have been shown.
Should one or more condition not be met, the student will not be eligible to follow lessons in DP2 until the outstanding CAS and Extended Essay work has been sufficiently completed before the start of the new academic year.
Admission of Senior General Secondary Education (havo) graduates to IB-DP
After graduating from the senior general secondary education (havo 5), a student may opt to follow the pre university IB-DP track. The process and criteria for admission are mostly similiar to those outlined above. However, as the havo track contains less exam subjects than the IB-DP, any applicants with a havo-diploma are expected to include in their letter of motivation an analysis of their specific deficiencies as well as a proposal for an individual deficiency programme. The careers counselor can offer assistance with this. If the proposal is accepted the pedagogical leadership determines final deficiency programme for the student to follow. Successful completion of the individual deficiency programme is a prerequisite for admission to DP1.