Learning through academics
The IB Diploma Programme
The IB Hexagon
Unless otherwise indicated, students can opt to study subjects either at Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL).
Group 1: Primary Language (A1)
Taught: English Literature (A1), Spanish Literature (A1), Hindi Literature (A1), German Literature (A1), English Literature & Language (A1)
Self-Taught: (SL only)
You may study a second language at the A1 level if you are bilingual or nearly bilingual.
Group 2: Secondary Language (A2, B, & ab initio)
English B, Hindi ab initio, Hindi B, French B, French Ab Initio, Spanish B, Spanish ab initio
Group 3: Individuals and Societies
Economics, History, Psychology, Philosophy (HL only), World Religions (SL only)
Group 4: Natural Sciences
Biology, Chemistry, Physics (HL only) , Environmental Systems and Societies (SL only)
Group 5: Mathematics
Mathematics, Maths Studies (SL)
Group 6: Performing and Visual Arts
Film, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts
The core requirements
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
A course which explores the relationships between various disciplines, and ensures that students engage in critical reflection and analysis of knowledge acquired within and beyond the classroom.
Extended Essay (EE)
A piece of research of some 4000 words that provides experience in producing an independent paper. This should stem from one of the subjects selected for the IB, and completed between March of Year 1 and October of Year 2, under faculty supervision. The college has pioneered the acceptance by the IBO of an extended essay option in World Studies, which uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore issues at the source of major conflicts in our world.
Creation, Action, Service (Community Engagement)
This part of the IB has been broadened at Mahindra College and is co-ordinated by the Triveni office. Find out more on the Triveni page. link here?
Beyond the IB
A team of students and faculty prepare bi-weekly discussions on issues of global concern. These sessions form an important focal point of the academic week, and all members of the college community are expected to attend.
This is India
All first year students follow a course that introduces them to Indian culture and philosophy, and to the history of modern India. Students are also provided with the opportunity to learn conversational regional Indian languages such as Hindi or Marathi.
There are two Project Weeks, one in the first and one in the second semester. During the first, students sign up for one of a number of faculty-led trips with specific learning objectives. The second one is student driven and enables them to initiate their own focused study of a particular part of India through volunteer work and travel. Find out more on the Triveni page. link here?
The performing arts are a vital part of life at the college. The annual Theatre Week involves most members of the community in the production of a variety of plays in different styles.