Programme and Dates





The course covers all aspects of the IB Diploma, from subject specific content to the Core and key skills needed to be a successful IB student. Class sizes are small and taught by experienced IB teachers.

This 3 week course offers at least 45 hours of class time in addition to local excursions and our US College Preparation course. At the end of your programme you receive personalised reports for each subject studied.




Our Pre IB Summer School in Boston runs for three weeks

Saturday 29 June - Friday 19 July 2019





  1. Mathematics and English classes - bringing you up to the appropriate level to start your Diploma
  2. Theory of Knowledge - an essential core component for the IB Diploma
  3. IB Ready - the skills you need to succeed in the IBDP
  4. Subject Seminars in Group 3 - Individuals and Societies and Group 4 - Sciences subjects

The cost of all the above sessions is included in the course fee.

We offer a choice of afternoon programmes which run each week and allow you to explore an area of interest in more detail over 3 days. In addition you will be given the opportunity to join in with other activities, for example attend the College Fair or visit the famous Quincy Market.




IB Ready: Think, Research and Present

This course focuses on two of the central components of the IB Diploma Programme: the Extended Essay and CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service). You will explore how these components are linked together and how they are related to the subject courses of the IB Diploma Programme. You will learn skills and ways of thinking that make you a successful IB Diploma student.

You will select a global issue which you will carry out academic research on. You will go on a field trip, looking for primary sources, and then you will learn about the process involved in writing the Extended Essay: secondary sources, development of an argument, writing a conclusion and citing sources.

You will also present your ideas on the global issue to a small group and then reflect on the implications of your research for your future CAS projects and your Extended Essay. 


  • Classes in this compulsory IBDP subject are grouped by ability and students' intended IB Mathematics course.
  • Our classes are designed to give students the required knowledge to start their IB Diploma Mathematics programme, and to help them develop self-confidence and expertise in the subject for the two years ahead.
  • You will also be introduced to the Mathematics exploration skills needed for the internal assessment component of this subject.


Students are grouped by their intended language route in the IB Diploma (Literature or Language and Literature and English B), and by their English language ability. In this class you will work on developing both your literary analysis and essay writing skills.

Theory of Knowledge

This class introduces this fascinating and compulsory IB subject which develops skills in:

  • Thinking critically about your own opinions
  • Evaluating your social and cultural environment
  • Understanding the Nature of Knowledge
  • Discussing Knowledge Questions with classmates who may hold very different views – but always with tolerance and understanding!

Subject Seminars

In weeks 1 and 2 of the Pre-IB course you can opt to attend our Subject Seminars. This is an opportunity for you to find out more about your chosen diploma subjects or if you are still not sure you can use these sessions to help you to decide.

A different subject is offered each day Monday to Thursday and you can attend as many sessions as you like. Subjects on offer are;

  • Group 3 - Individuals and Societies:  Economics, Business Management and History.
  • Group 4 - Experiential Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics





College Preparation Course

If you are thinking of going to university in the US then this afternoon course is the one for you. It offers a range of topics that will lead to success in the application process.  Each week features a visit to a different Boston university where you can tour the campus and ask questions of admissions counsellors.  This course is in two parts – you can take either part 1 or part 2 or both depending on your needs

  • College Prep Part I runs in week 1 – this covers the basics of the application process and how you can use your IB knowledge and skills to your advantage. It also looks at what it’s like to be a student in the US and the practicalities of finance, visas etc

                       Week 1: you will visit Boston College

  • College Prep Part II runs in week 2 and covers further details of the application process – the college essay, ACTs and SATs and careers counselling.

                       Week 2: you will visit Babson College

  • Friday College Visits Programme allows students attending any of our College Preparation Programmes the chance to visit more colleges.

                        Friday 6th July: Tufts University

                        Friday 13th July: Boston University

Please note that all our college visits are subject to change – we will notify you in advance if that happens.

College Visits Programme

We are offering all students the opportunity to visit two Boston colleges. The visit will include an admissions session and a campus tour, and you will be accompanied by our experienced College Counsellor. Transport to and from the college by private bus is included.

Friday 6th July: Tufts University

Friday 13th July: Boston University

If you attend our College Preparation Course you will be able to visit other colleges included in that programme.

Please note that all our college visits are subject to change – we will notify you in advance should a change happen.

Explore Boston

Let us help you get to know Boston better with our themed packages of trips and visits, and discover some of the fun and exciting destinations in this town.

  • Historic Boston: One of the earliest European settlements in the US, Boston has always had huge historical significance. It played an active role in the American Revolution in the 1770s, became a haven for Irish Catholics in the mid C19th following the Potato Famine, and became second only to Silicon Valley as a technology hub in the 1970s. Led by History experts, we visit museums, follow trails, and ride on the excellent Duck Tour to learn all about this fascinating city. This option runs in Week 2.
  • Scientific Boston: With MIT and Harvard, Boston is arguably the best place on the planet to learn about Science and Engineering. Using interactive activities, local resources, museums, and with access to real research laboratories, we can show you just what can be achieved with the right people, tools, and environment. Maybe it will help you to choose your own future career path. This option runs in Weeks 1 and 3.
  • Engineering Boston: Modern engineering encompasses imagination, economy, teamwork, and inspiration. Group activities based on some of Boston’s key structures, the historic Charles Bridge, the “Gridley Dam”, and Boston’s tunnel megaproject the “Big Dig”, will help you better understand the dynamic role engineers have played in society throughout history. This options runs in Week 1 & 2


Maths Olympics: Improve your maths skills and have fun while you’re doing it! You’ll learn how to think through a maths problem critically and creatively, working in teams in a friendly competition loosely based on some national level mathematics contests. This option runs in Week 3.

Leadership Skills

Explore some of the key skills you need to inform, influence, and persuade – critical if you want to be seen as a leader in the future. There is something different each week – you can choose which you want to take or take all three if you like.

  • Convince Me – the art of persuasive writing: how to use your writing skills to convince people of your point of view, present an argument, or sell an idea. This form of writing is widely used in journalism, advertising, pitching, speech writing, project proposals, and presentations. This option runs in Weeks 1 & 2.
  • Speak Up - presentation skills: this is a practical course that will set you on the road to giving knock out presentations and speeches. It will cover:
    • The dos and don’ts of presenting and public speaking
    • How to engage your audience
    • Tips and tricks that will help you feel and look more confident
    • The best way to get your message across
    • This option runs in Weeks 1, 2 & 3.
  • The Great Debate: debating is used in the decision making processes of all kinds of institutions from politics to business. In this course you will learn about competitive debating. It’s a fun way to improve your public speaking and learn how to argue for or against an idea. This option runs in Week 3.

Sports Camp

You can choose from either Football in week 1 and 3 or Basketball in week 2.

All our sports options are run at the MIT Recreation facility with local coaches. Under their guidance you can work on your football or basketball skills, drills and tactics. Both options are open to players/participants of all abilities.

The Arts

Use your afternoons in Boston to explore your creative side with our creative options:

  • Thrill Me – taking your reader on a journey: What are the ingredients of a good story? How can you make your characters jump out from the page? How can you captivate your reader from the start? Explore different creative genres from fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry. Maybe you’re the next J. K. Rowling… This option runs in Weeks 2 & 3.

Personal Careers Consultations

OSC students can opt to have a one-to-one Personal Careers Consultation, given by an experienced IB Careers Counsellor. You may find it useful to combine this with the College Preparation Course.

The session lasts for one hour and is scheduled during your free time.

A Personal Careers Consultation allows you to:

  • Discuss your personal ambitions and explore your own career preferences
  • Obtain advice on the choice of courses available
  • Find out how to obtain prospectuses and application forms
  • Find out the Diploma grades and/or SAT scores required for your preferred courses and colleges

Your Counsellor will write up a report after the session summarising key points discussed, and giving recommendations for future steps along with courses and institutions to investigate further.


Afternoon Options Schedule


  Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
College Preparation
College Prep I
College Prep II  
College Visits
Tufts University Boston University  
Explore Boston Scientific Boston Historic Boston Scientific Boston
Engineering Boston Engineering Boston  
Maths     Maths Olympics
Sports Camp Football Camp Basketball Camp Football Camp
The Arts   Thrill Me  
Leadership Skills Convince Me Convince Me  
Speak Up Speak Up Speak Up
    The Great Debate