Academics

International Baccalaureate
IB

The International Baccalaureate has as objective to offer more advantages than the other curriculums and trains curious, informed, educated, supportive, and motivated students to succeed.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) is a challenging and stimulating two-year curriculum (Grades 11 and 12) emphasizing critical thinking, multi-disciplinary learning and inter-cultural understanding. The IBDP curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups. It is an academically challenging and rigorous program of education that aims to nurture independent, life-long learners who are prepared for success at university and beyond. The IBDP has gained recognition from the world’s leading universities.

The Origins of
IB Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an organization founded in 1968. It is a non-profit foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. It was created to develop a globally recognized international pre-university curriculum.

Initially, most of the IB member schools were international schools. The IB has grown rapidly and developed beyond its original mission.

Primary Years
Programme

For children aged 3-12

The IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), for students aged 3 to 12, enables them to train and develop to express their opinions, make choices, and take responsibility for their learning. It focuses on the integral development of the child.
Middle Years Programme

For students aged 11-16

The MYP is a rigorous academic framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, and it is designed to be an inclusive program: students with a wide range of academic interests and abilities can benefit from their participation in it.
Diploma
Programme

For students aged 16-19

Research suggests many benefits to choosing the DP. The programme aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge – students who flourish physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.

The IB Diploma Programme, or IBDP, is for students aged 16-19 and is based on the philosophy that students should always question the subjects they learn and apply critical thinking skills to real-world situations. The IB Diploma offers a broad range of subjects for students to study so that students can personalise their learning.

Program IB Diploma

The IBDP Curriculum is composed of six subject groups; students must normally study one from each group, three at higher level and three at standard level over a two-year period:

Studies in Language
and Literature

For a complete understanding and good use of Spanish and English

Language
Acquisition

Tools for a complete knowledge of a language as rich as English.

Individuals
& societies

A methodology for students to grow physically, intellectually, emotionally, and ethically.

Sciences

Training is based on promoting the exploration of the nature of knowledge.

Mathematics

A program for them to excel in traditional academic subjects and in new fields such as science or technology.

The Arts

Creativity is a basic concept in the IB methodology, encouraging its use and understanding.

Students take / study six subjects and must choose at least one subject from each of the first five areas.

Normally, three upper-level and three standard-level subjects are taken. This allows students to specialize in areas that interest them while ensuring that they continue to benefit from a broad-based education.

Therefore, the diploma offers an ideal compromise between breadth and depth.

In addition to the six subject groups, IB Diploma students study the IB core – three required components which broaden their experience. The three core components are:

These core elements are often said to be at the heart of the diploma program and reflect the IB’s commitment to inquiry-based learning and the education of the whole person. As its mission statement makes clear, the IB is also committed to the broader goal of promoting international-mindedness and helping to create a better world through education.

How does de IB Diploma differ from other curriculums?

The IB Diploma curriculum offers an international focus and emphasis on self-directed, independent learning through research and applying problem-solving skills to real-world issues. The certification requires students to engage in a wide variety of activities and places equal weight on learning inside the classroom as well as outside the classroom.

 

The IB Diploma also offers students the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects. This is compared to say A-levels, which encourages students to become specialised in a few subjects which they study in-depth.

What are the benefits of studying the IB Diploma?

Five subjects
groups

  • Language and Literature (Spanish) HL
  • Literature (English) HL
  • Spanish SL
  • English SL
  • Physics HL
  • Chemistry HL/SL
  • Sports, exercise, and health science HL
  • Biology HL/SL (Available Cohort 2022)
  • Analysis and approaches SL
  • Applications and interpretation SL

Subjects

Core Curriculum
SPANISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
CATALAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
ENGLISH (EFL)
PHILOSOPHY
HISTORY
SCIENCE FOR THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD
EXTENDED ESSAY
HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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Science and Technology
TECHNICAL DRAWING
MATHEMATICS
CHEMISTRY
PHYSICS
BIOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGY STUDIES
COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGES
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Humanities and Social Studies
COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGES
APPLIED MATHEMATICS
ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS
WORLD HISTORY
GEOGRAPHY
PSYCHOLOGY STUDIES
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