IB Diploma Programme

Bannister’s educational program is patterned after the classical educational program called the Trivium. A classical education is a three-part process of training the mind.

Paideia is a set of beliefs about education including active and rigorous teaching methods Paideia is a holistic approach to life-long learning with roots in ancient Greece. 

The study of Latin teaches students how to think critically and analytically, and how to handle concepts with ease. 


K-12 Education lays down the cornerstones for fundamental language and critical thinking skills.










IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people
who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop
challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong
learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.


IB Learner Profile

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common
humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

The following are what each IB learner strives to be:

INQUIRERS:  We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

KNOWLEDGEABLE:  We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

THINKERS:  We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

COMMUNICATORS:  We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

PRINCIPLED: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

OPEN-MINDED: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

CARING: We show empathy, compassion, and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

RISK-TAKERS: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

BALANCED: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives— intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

REFLECTIVE: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.


Senior High School and the Diploma Programme

Effective School Year 2023 – 2024, Bannister Academy will be offering the following courses for students, aged 16 years to 19 years, who wish to take the Diploma Programme.


Subject Group Subject Offering Level
Core Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
Core Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)
Core Extended Essay (EE)
Group 1 – Studies in Language and Literature English A: Literature SL & HL
Group 1 – Studies in Language and Literature Filipino A: Literature SL & HL
Group 2 – Language Acquisition Classical Languages (Latin) SL only
Group 2 – Language Acquisition English B SL & HL
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies Business Management SL & HL
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies Global Politics SL & HL
Group 3 – Individuals and Societies Philosophy SL & HL
Group 4 – Sciences Chemistry SL & HL
Group 4 – Sciences Physics SL & HL
Group 5 – Mathematics Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations SL & HL
Group 6 – The Arts Visual Arts SL & HL


Further, effective School Year 2023 – 20243, Bannister shall stop offering GAS courses. Instead, the School shall offer the same DP courses (lessons only) to students taking the GAS program. As such, classes in SHS will be composed of mixed students from either the GAS program or the DP. Suchsetting allows for students, who are initially adamant about taking the DP, to experience the program and hopefully decide to take the DP before the end of the First Semester of Year 1. At minimum, a student in the SHS at Bannister Academy is a Course candidate for the DP.