International Baccalaureate

Zlatarski International School is the first, most experienced and the largest International Baccalaureate World School in Bulgaria. Zlatarski is also the school with the highest results in the IB in the country. Since 2003 the School offers the IB Diploma programme and so far more than 170 students have successfully received their international diplomas at Zlatarski School. This allows our graduates to gain places in some of the world’s most prestigeous universities. In 2009 the School extended the International Baccalaureate programme courses, thus giving chance to more motivated students from Bulgarian and international schools to follow the IB Diploma programme (11 and 12 grade). More about the IB programme

What are the specifics in studying the International Baccalaureate programme at Zlatarski School?
The International Baccalaureate programme  is internationally recognized as a prestigeous qualification by universities around the world. The IB Diploma does help students to gain places in some of the most selective universities.
Zlatarski School students have the opportunity to receive both diplomas simultaneously– the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the Bulgarian Diploma. Zlatarski School is the only school in Bulgaria, which allows the students to receive these two diplomas simultaneously.

Our experience in teaching the IB Diploma subjects helps students to do well in their exams and to achieve better results. Zlatarski School students are introduced to IB standards from their first day at school.

Zlatarski is a Secondary School. We concentrate all our energy in the development of our secondary curriculum. We apply all our knowledge, teaching experience and administrative management skills in the preparation of our students for successful university education in Bulgaria and abroad.

What is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme? The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepare students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The programme is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. Students are taught in the English language.

International Baccalaureate Оrganisation The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. The Diploma programmes helps develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, we currently work with 3,235 schools in 141 countries to develop and offer three challenging programmes to over 932,000 students aged 3 to 19 years. More information:

Choice of Subjects IB Diploma Programme students study six courses at higher level or standard level. Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be another subject from groups 1 to 5. In addition, the programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding – the extended essay, theory of knowledge and creative, action, service.

In addition to the IB Diploma, students at Zlatarski can also study towards separate certificates of the IBO. More information about the subjects offered can be found here.

Students at Zlatarski International School have the following options:

  1. To choose the Bulgarian national diploma programme, which leads to the Bulgarian diploma for completed secondary education.
  2. To choose the International Baccalaureate diploma programme in grades 11 and 12
  3. To choose the International Baccalaureate diploma programme plus the Bulgarian national diploma programme and thus to receive 2 diplomas
  4. To choose the Bulgarian national diploma programme and to sit for IB certificates, by choosing single subjects and sitting the relevant examinations.

The IB Diploma and University Acceptance Through the IB Diploma Programme, students gain rigorous and balanced academic preparation, an ability to draw on knowledge and understanding of various cultures and histories, and the experience of learning how to think critically and apply what they have learned in different contexts and across disciplines. The IB understands that success in higher education and beyond involves thinking critically and creatively. The IB Diploma Programme’s challenging curriculum educates students, developing the capacity for inquiry, research and problem-solving as well as essential skills for communication and collaboration.

Our IB Diploma programmes offers the following subjects:
Group I: / Language A1 / – Bulgarian, English
Group II:  /Language A2, B, ab initio/ – English
Group III: /Individuals and Societies/ –  History, Economics
Group IV: /Experimental Sciences/ – Biology, Physics, Chemistry
Group V: /Mathematics/ – Mathematics
Group VI: Second foreign language – German or Spanish

Three subjects are studied at High level (HL) and three at Standard level (SL). During the two years (11 and 12 grade) each subject, studied at High level covers 240 hours, whiles subjects studied at Standard levels cover 150 hours.

Three requirements of the IB Diploma are:

  • The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
  • Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
  • Creativity, action, service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.

Marks in the Extended Essay and the TOK essay make up a total of 3 points. The maximum number of points is 45 (up to 7 in every subject plus 3 from the Extended Essay and TOK essay). To receive the IB Diploma students need a minimum of 24 points.