Givat Haviva International School is an authorized IB World School for the Diploma Programme

IB World Schools share a common philosophy, a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that GHIS believes is important for students

The IB Diploma Program

The International Bacclaureate (IB) Diploma Program is an academically challenging and balanced program that prepares students aged 16 to 19 for success in university and life beyond. At it’s core it aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The IB diploma is internationally recognized and respected.  It provides a strong pathway to entrance to the highest ranking universities in the world.

It is not only the content of the study but the IB approach to learning that makes the program so groundbreaking.   IB diploma students:

  • Actively engage in their learning through learning experiences that are experiential, collaborative and inquiry based.
  • Learn to think independently and to drive their own learning; they become experts at self-managing themselves, their schoolwork and their time.
  • Acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from 6 subject groups.
  • Study at least two languages and increase understanding of cultures, including their own.
  • Make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme’s unique theory of knowledge course.
  • Undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the Extended Essay (EE).
  • Enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, action and service


Based on a liberal arts approach, students take six subjects from the groups outlined below, three at standard level (SL) and three at higher level (HL). All subjects can be taken at either SL or HL level unless stated otherwise.

  1. Studies in Language & Literature:
    (Your best language), English, Hebrew, Arabic or self-taught language (only at SL).
  2. Language Acquisition:
    Foreign language learning for students with experience of learning the language: English.
    Or language ab initio – for beginners, SL only: Arabic, Spanish (under review).
  3. Individuals & Societies:
    Economics,Philosophy Global Politics

4.Experimental Sciences:
Physics,Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science( under review).

  1. Mathematics:
    Mathematical Studies, Mathematics (SL),Mathematics HL
  2. The Arts:
    Visual arts or Film (under review)

Students that do not wish to take an arts subject from group 6 are allowed to choose a second subject from one of the other groups.

The Core: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity, Action and Service

In addition to the 6 subjects chosen from above the IB diploma requires all students to complete 3 core elements:

  1. Theory of Knowledge(TOK) – TOK is a unique and highly regarded course which examines the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know. The course trains students to reflect critically on knowledge claims and judgements, and to become more aware of their own perspectives and the sources of their views.
  2. Extended Essay (EE) – Students must produce a 4,000-word research paper on a thesis of their own choice, which they independently research and write, with the support of a faculty supervisor.
  3. Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) – The CAS requires students to take part in extra-curricular creative pursuits, physical activity and community service over the 2 years of study. This holistic part of the program provides students with opportunities to explore their interests, express their passions, work collaboratively with others and experience a journey of personal self discovery.

*List of courses offered is subject to changes by the GHIS governing body

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University Counseling

Our career guidance and university counselling service  supports students throughout the entire university application process.  Through group and individual meetings our counselors, offering advice, exposing students to guidelines and deadlines and providing students with the opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns.

Throughout their stay at GHIS, students will be provided with guidance for the university application processes.