Just a few days ago, our Diploma Program (IB) students finished their final exams. Tests that they have been preparing for during the last two years of their education at Casvi and that will now be corrected by independent examiners from the International Baccalaureate Organization. But what makes it different and what are its advantages? It is our teachers and students who answer these questions.
What is the International Baccalaureate?
Founded in 1968 in Geneva, it is a non-profit educational organization whose curricula are currently taught in more than 5,000 schools around the world.
In Spain, 158 schools, among them the International Private School Eurocolegio Casvi, offer this methodology in its different programs: the PEP, for Infant and Primary Education; the PAI, for ESO, and the Diploma Program in the Baccalaureate stage.
IBO promotes a curricular framework that is not just a curriculum:
- It prepares students for life by confronting them from a young age with real situations.
- It stimulates their curiosity for research by offering an individualized education.
- It encourages them to think independently and to be the drivers of their own learning. Thus, it fosters their critical thinking and self-discipline, which helps them to be prepared for the future.
- It helps them become more aware of cultural differences by learning new languages. This enables them to relate to others in a more globalized and rapidly changing world.
International Baccalaureate – Subjects
They are organized by transdisciplinary areas. In the PYP there are six: Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts and Personal, Social and Physical Education.
The MYP consists of eight subject groups: Language Acquisition; Language and Literature; Individuals and Societies; Science; Mathematics; Arts; Health and Physical Education; and Design.
Finally, the Diploma Program subject groups are: Language and Literature Studies; Language Acquisition; Individuals and Societies; Science; Mathematics; and Arts. But, apart from disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies, the DP offers three core components that broaden students’ educational experience to apply their knowledge and skills:
- The Monograph, which requires students to conduct independent research.
- Theory of Knowledge (ToK), which applies a coherent approach to learning.
- And Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), which emphasizes helping students develop their own identity.
International Baccalaureate: Requirements
The IB Diploma Programme (IB) was, not so many years ago, reserved for the best students. But nowadays, thanks to the continuum of the International Baccalaureate Programs, some schools in our country make available to all their students, starting at the age of 3, a methodology that allows to increase the percentage of students who can access this brilliant curriculum. Among them is also the International Private School Eurocolegio Casvi.
The continuum of IB Programs (PYP, MYP and Diploma Program), opens before the students a world full of possibilities from their first years of learning.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma Programme for 16-19 year olds is a rigorous and balanced educational program, with final examinations, that is an excellent preparation for university and adult life. It is designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical dimensions of students’ well-being. The Program is recognized and respected by prestigious universities around the world.