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In 2009 the IB entered into a collaborative agreement with Pamoja Education, Ltd. to develop and deliver Diploma Program (DP) courses online for students enrolled in IB World Schools, and DP students from YIS and other IB schools have had the option of taking those online courses since that time. Looking to extend such opportunities to include non-IB students who wish to take DP courses online, the IB recently launched the IB Open World School pilot program. YIS is one of four schools worldwide participating in the program as Open World Schools.


Under this initiative, Pamoja Education remains responsible for the delivery of the curriculum using a trained IBDP teacher, and YIS, as an Open World School, is responsible for linking up with those schools in the Asia Pacific region interested in having their students participate in this venture. YIS will support students and collaborate with Link (non IB) schools in a variety of ways. Enrolled students will obtain support from the YIS site-based coordinator and will sit the exams as do other IB students.


Please view the YIS and Link Schools Agreement (日本語版) and other information below, and if you have any questions and/or are interested in participating in this program, please contact our head of academics, Dennis Stanworth.


In the words of the IB, 'the main aims of online Diploma Program courses are:

  • to extend subject choice for students in IB World Schools
  • to enable students who cannot attend an IB World School to benefit from an IB educational experience
  • to create international and intercultural classrooms that bring together students and instructors from around the world in a truly global, albeit virtual, environment
  • to enable students, increasingly socialized in the digital world, to develop essential skills that will equip them for life after school
A student's typical week on an online IB Diploma Program course:


More videos about the online IB Diploma Program courses:

Broadening access to an IB education

Why students take online IB Diploma Program courses

Working with IB World Schools  

Assuring the quality and integrity of online IB Diploma Program courses

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