IB Diploma Program

What is the IB Diploma Programme?

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme – IBDP is an increasingly popular international qualification for secondary education, currently taught to more than 180,000 students a year, in 3,189 schools and in 149 countries. It is one of the three educational programmes designed and supervised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), a non-profit educational institution based in Geneva, Switzerland. The IB Diploma is a two-year course for 16-19 year-olds in 11th and 12th grades. At our school it is taught entirely in English. The IBDP is offered only by those schools that comply with the strict academic requirements stipulated by the IB.

The IBDP is an academically challenging, rigorously assessed and balanced programme of education, incorporating successful 21st century teaching strategies and designed to prepare students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society. Its flexibility allows for adaptation to the diverse needs and personal interests of each student. The IBDP is an alternative option for study in the 11th and 12th grade: students may transfer to the IBDP upon completion of 10th grade (1st grade Lykeio) in a Greek or foreign school.

Successful completion of the IBDP leads to the award of the “IB Diploma”, a widely recognised and well-appreciated qualification for university entry in most countries around the world.

The Greek government has recognized the International Baccalaureate Diploma and by law (2327/95, 2817/00) has granted its equivalence to that of a Greek Lykeion Diploma (“Apolytirio”), provided that students meet specified expectations related to Greek Language, Literature and History. This allows IBDP students, if they wish to do so, to sit for the Greek Panhellenic examinations and be eligible for entry to Greek universities, one year after their graduation from the IBDP.

IBDP Curriculum

The IB Diploma Programme educational model is represented with a circular design, emphasising its holistic and integrated nature. The model is built around the learner profile, a set of attributes that schools aim to develop in pupils using student-centered, independent approaches to teaching and learning. All Diploma candidates are expected to fulfill three core and interlinked requirements: to follow classes on Theory of Knowledge, to complete a research paper known as the Extended Essay and to demonstrate engagement with Creativity-Action-Service. Moving outwards the model shows six areas of knowledge: students must choose to study one subject from each one of these areas, three at Higher Level (240 tuition hours) and another three at Standard Level (150 tuition hours). The model is enclosed by international mindedness, a central principle of the IBDP philosophy.

Diploma candidates are required to select one subject from each of the six groups. At least three have to be taken at higher level (a minimum of 240 teaching hours) and the others at standard level (min. 150 hours). To obtain an IB diploma a student must also fulfill the three core requirements: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and CAS.

For most Anatolia & Pinewood students it is English or Greek. Other languages may also be offered to students with a different mother tongue. In this case Anatolia & Pinewood appoint and supervise an external instructor who teaches the course on a private basis (charged extra). If no suitable instructor is available, a student may take this subject as a Self-taught candidate.

All Diploma candidates have to take a second modern language at a level, which, depending on their previous exposure to that language, may be either at level A as above, if they are highly competent, or B, if they have some previous experience in the language, or ab initio for beginners.

Why the Anatolia & Pinewood IBDP?

As core values, Anatolia and Pinewood aspire to cultivate in our students the intrinsic drive and essential qualities required to evolve into principled and responsible global citizens. Moreover, our shared mission is to nurture them as active, critical thinkers, and open-minded lifelong learners.

Founded in 1886, Anatolia has long been considered one of the most distinguished educational institutions in Greece. Simultaneously, Pinewood, established in 1950, has successfully served the international community in northern Greece for three-quarters of a century. Authorized to offer the IBDP since 1997 and 1999, respectively, each school has extensive experience in IBDP program delivery, expert support for academic and university counseling, and current initiatives to promote student wellbeing. 

​The Anatolia-Pinewood IBDP represents a shared vision and commitment to providing a transformative educational experience​ for our students.​ Join us in shaping the next generation of principled, responsible global citizens and lifelong learners.

At the heart of our collaboration is the shared commitment to fostering an academically challenging international learning environment through one unified IB Diploma Program for students, faculty, and administration spanning Grades 11-12. This represents a milestone in educational innovation, bringing together the rich legacies and diverse strengths of both schools. By combining the resources and expertise into the Anatolia-Pinewood IBDP, we have created a unique academic ecosystem that creates a number of advantages for students.

In addition to the advantages of our unified IBDP, we maintain excellence through the educational characteristics for which Anatolia and Pinewood have always been known.

International Composition: The Anatolia-Pinewood IBDP enriches the student body with a mosaic of cultures and prepares students for success in an interconnected, global world. 

Separate SL and HL Classes: Recognizing the importance of personalized attention, our schedule is built around separate Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) classes in numerous subjects. This approach allows for tailored instruction to address the specific needs of each level.

Expanded Subject Offerings: In our unified program, a broader range of subjects is offered, providing students with additional course options to align with their academic interests. This also includes more secure offerings for traditionally low enrollment courses. 

Small Class Sizes: A maximum of 15 students per class ensures that appropriate teaching and learning strategies can be effectively developed. 

Scholarships: The school’s scholarship program (approx $100,000 for DP students) ensures that worthy Greek and international students, regardless of financial circumstance, may enroll in the Anatolia & Pinewood IBDP, either as day students or in our long-standing boarding school. 

Highly Qualified Faculty: IBDP faculty, Greek and international, have substantial IBDP teaching experience within the program. Through regular participation in IB workshops, each faculty member is dedicated to staying current with educational research. Many faculty members serve as IB external examiners or in various capacities, including some who have earned university awards for outstanding teaching.

Expert University Advising for International Studies: Anatolia & Pinewood university advisors guide students to connect the dots between their academic interests and extracurricular profile, finding common ground between each student’s personal purpose and vision. Their methods are strategic, enabling students to independently identify which institutions are a good fit for them academically, personally and financially. The advisors maintain a student-centered advising approach, instilling a confidence in students to make the best decisions for their futures. The school’s placement lists, including the financial aid awarded to Anatolia & Pinewood graduates demonstrates the expertise and success of the advising process.

Exceptional Campus Facilities: Situated on a picturesque 45-acre campus, stunning natural surroundings are enjoyed in all directions. The campus features state-of-the-art facilities designed specifically for the IBDP, a student residence hall, two modern libraries, well-equipped science and computing laboratories, two theatres, communal spaces for dining and socializing, and a multi use gymnasium.

Extracurricular Program: Our extracurricular program allows Anatolia-Pinewood IBDP students to make new friends, become members of the Anatolia-Pinewood community, and discover or develop their talents through an impressive range of activities. 

How to Apply for 2024-2025

The Anatolia & Pinewood IB Diploma program accepts applications for the 2024-25 school year from February 1st until April 19th, 2024. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered based on space availability in the program and individual subjects. Students who apply to the IB Diploma program are interviewed during the application period by a teacher / advisor, and may be asked to sit a diagnostic/placement exam in English and/or Mathematics.

Please visit our IBDP Regulations & Policies page for information regarding the school’s Admissions Policy.

Students who apply to the IB Diploma program are interviewed during the application period by a teacher/advisor and should first arrange a face-to-face appointment through the link below. The appointment should be attended by the student and at least one parent/guardian. In case you cannot attend a face-to-face meeting, please contact us so that we can arrange an online meeting. 

How to complete the IBDP application form

The deadline for the submission of applications to the IBDP is April 21st, 2024. Should you have any questions, please call the IBDP office at +30 2310 398296 between 9:00-13:00, or email [email protected] or [email protected]



The school’s scholarship program ensures that worthy Greek and international students, regardless of financial circumstance, may enrol in the Anatolia & Pinewood IBDP, either as day students or in our long-standing boarding school.

To learn more, please visit our Scholarships page.

Navigate to the parent portal link above using one of the most popular browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Microsoft Edge (the application does not work with MS Internet Explorer).

Sign in using the Sign in option entering your account information

If you already have an Anatolia parent account, please provide your account details. If you do not remember your password, click on Forgot My Password and set the email where you will receive an email with instructions.

If you do not have an Anatolia parent account, click the Create an account link on the homepage to set some details for the account to be created. After setting the details, you will receive an email with instructions about setting the password. Once you have set the system password, you can log in to the application as described in the point above.

Please note: The account must be created using a parent’s email, not by the prospective student.

After you successfully sign in, select APPLICATIONS from the top application menu.

On the Applications page, click the New application button, and on the new page with the available applications, click the (+) icon at the center or at the bottom right of the application with title IB Enrollment Application, and then follow the steps.

If your candidate child is already a Anatolia student, in the first step of the application you can select your child from the list for which you want to apply for an IB program. The application details will be automatically filled in from the back office application.

If the candidate is not already a Anatolia student, you need to specify the details of the candidate as requested in the application.

Navigate to the next step of the application either by clicking the Next button at the bottom of each page or simply by clicking the left side of the page. At each step of the application, all the required fields of the application must be completed in order to move to the next step, otherwise you cannot move to the next step.

After completing the application, you can save it by clicking the Save button at the bottom of the page in the last step, and before submitting the necessary supporting documents. After you save the application, you can edit or submit it permanently by pressing the Submit button at the bottom of the page in Step 5 – Attachments of the application or by pressing the corresponding button at the left of the page with the various steps.

In Step 5 – Attachments of the application, you have to upload all the required supporting documents, either at the time you first created the application or at a different time, but always pressing the Save button each time you add an attachment in order to save your changes.

Saved applications will appear at the home page when you press the APPLICATIONS button in the main top application menu. To edit or view an application, simply tap in the central frame of the application, then a new page will appear with all the details of the application either in edit mode (temporarily saved) or in preview mode (finally submitted).

After the IB application is finally submitted, the second part of the application is automatically created for you to select the subjects you wish to enroll in, according to the program regulations. To save the subjects, click the Save button from the Subject Registration form.

Once you have completed the Subject Registration, click the Submit button at the bottom of the page to complete the application process. 

IBDP Faculty