IB Diploma Programme

For information on the accreditation of ACS as an IB World School, please follow this link:

The American College of Sofia is an authorized IB World School and has offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) since 2005. Students not eligible for a Bulgarian National Diploma are admitted into the two-year IB Diploma Programme. They are also given the opportunity to fulfill the requirements for the ACS American Diploma, which is awarded to students independently of the diploma granted by International Baccalaureate (IB).
ACS provides a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum for all IB students and hires teachers who are experts in their subject matter.

The range of courses offered in the IBDP are:

English A: Literature Higher Level (HL)  
French B: Standard Level (SL)/ HL French Ab initio SL
Spanish B: SL/HL Spanish Ab initio SL
German B: SL/HL German Ab initio SL
Economics SL/HL History SL/HL
Biology SL/HL Chemistry SL/HL
Mathematics: Applications and interpretations SL/HL  
Mathematics: Analysis and approaches SL/HL  

In addition, the IB core elements, Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity-Activity-Service (CAS), and the Extended Essay (EE) serve as integral components of the diploma, encouraging students to extend themselves intellectually, while also considering areas of social responsibility.
The IBDP culminates in May of Year 2 when students sit for their final examinations. ACS promotes the personal and intellectual development of each student through the IB Diploma Programme, as outlined by the IBO in the IB Learner Profile (IBO, 2013):

  • The aim of all IB Diploma 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.
  • IB learners strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.
  • IB World Schools believe these attributes, and others like them, can help individuals and groups become responsible members of local, national and global communities.

For a more detailed look at what the IB Diploma Programme stands for, please follow the link: https://ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme

For information related to the IB and university recognition of the diploma, please download this official IB publication: Guide of University Recognition

You can read General Regulations: Diploma Programme HERE.


For further information, please contact:

Zornitsa Semkova, Ph.D.

Department Chair / History Teacher / IB Program Coordinator
  • Doctor of Philosophy in History

  • Master of Arts in History

  • Specialization in Modern and Contemporary History

  • Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

  • Professional Qualification: Specialist - Historian and Teacher in History


Since December 2018, the American College of Sofia has begun working on the more than a year-long process of evaluation of the implementation of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Programme evaluation is both a requirement and a service provided by the IB Organization every five years and aims for the IB to ensure that the standards and practices of the programme are being maintained. However, equal in its importance, it is a process of formal and comprehensive self-evaluation involving all stakeholders within the ACS IB community, which is the source of new dynamism and momentum and provides an opportunity to reflect on achievements and new initiatives and increase communication within the school.

The College is expected to determine its own assessment of the implementation of the IB Diploma Programme, according to the Programme standards and practices and programme requirements as well as to identify major achievements during the five-year period under review, 2015-2020,  and to identify practices that need further development.

As a major step in the process, the College is going to gather information for a comprehensive self-study among ACS stakeholders. It is going to survey IB parents, students, staff, and alumni to help determine strengths and weaknesses with regard to the IB standards and practices. ACS IB faculty members will also gather and process data as members of the following committees:

  1. Philosophy
  2. Organization
  3. Curriculum

Having completed the IB self-study questionnaire, from May 2019 through March 2020, the College is going to review the surveys, committee reports and other data. All IB policies will be reviewed and updated. ACS is going to submit the questionnaire responses, the Action Plan of IBDP improvement objectives for the next five years, and all necessary supporting documents to the IBO by April 2020. The culmination of the process will be a possible site visit by an IB evaluation team in April 2020.

For general information about IBO, please follow this link to the IB homepage