The International Baccalaureate Diploma at Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong
Students attend Li Po Chun United World College for the final two years of their secondary schooling and all students study for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, which requires that they study at least six, but no more than seven subjects chosen, as outlined in The Academic Programme, to cover a wide range of subject areas. A timetable is constructed that allows the maximum number of students to take their preferred combination of subjects. The students do not stay in the same class for all subjects, hence an individual student will have a variety of class companions in different subjects. The class sizes are small by Hong Kong standards, usually averaging about 16 and all classes are of mixed ability; there is no streaming.
In the IB system students can gain a maximum grade of 7 for each of their six Diploma subjects, giving a total of 42 points. On top of this, students can gain up to three extra points for their performance in the Theory of Knowledge course and their Extended Essay (see The Academic Programme), so that the maximum possible score for the IB diploma is 45 points. In order to be awarded the Diploma, students must achieve a total of at least 24 points with a good balance between their subjects. The results achieved by students at the College are amongst the best in the world and those achieved over recent years are summarised as follows: