What is the International Baccalaureate?

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The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is an international educational organization founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland. Since its foundation, the cornerstone on which the IB declaration of principles is based on has been the creation of a better world through education. Such a goal has been made possible by offering better opportunities than other programs. This has allowed us to train young, caring, informed, and knowledgeable students, who are motivated to achieve their goals.



As South African politician and philanthropist Nelson Mandela once said: ‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world’.

Thus, the IB stands out among other programs due to the reasons mentioned below:

  1. It encourages students to think critically and question what they are told.
  2. It also motivates students to examine both local and international environments.
  3. It maintains its independence from governments and national education systems, allowing us to adopt the best practices from a wide variety of educational frameworks and curricula from all around the world.



The International Baccalaureate is a worldwide school organization that promotes a curriculum, one that differs from the regular educational framework.

  1. It prepares students by exposing them to real-life situations from a young age.
  2. It encourages their interest for research by offering an individualized education.
  3. It also encourages them to think independently and to be the leaders of their own learning process. It does this by fostering their critical thinking and self-discipline, which will help to prepare them for their future.
  4. It helps them to be more aware of cultural differences by learning new languages, which also allows them to relate to others in a more globalized and rapidly changing world.

These values are reflected in the attributes of the IB learning community profile.



The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers a continuum of international education programs. These programs encourage students to achieve their academic and personal goals, leading them to not only to excel in their studies; but also helping to build their personal growth.

In order to be able to teach them, schools must obtain proper authorization. When a school is authorized to offer IB programs, it is renamed as an “IB World School”.

In Casvi, we offer the Continuum of Programs: PYP (Primary Years Program), MYP (Middle Years Program), and DP (Diploma Program).  For this reason, our students learn cross-disciplinarily from an early age.



The International Baccalaureate (IB) assesses the work of the students as direct proof of their level of achievement, with respect to the objectives set for the Diploma Program (DP) courses.

DP assessment procedures measure the extent to which students have mastered advanced academic skills to meet goals such as:

  1. Analysis and presentation of information.
  2. Evaluation and argumentation.
  3. Creative problem solving.

Additionally, in the Diploma Program, the IB uses both internal and external assessments.



The International Baccalaureate has the same validity as the Spanish Baccalaureate, with the purpose of gaining access to the university.  It also allows them to obtain the equivalence of the average grade of the baccalaureate, in order to calculate the grade that is required to enter the university. Students who graduate from the Diploma Program do not need to sit for the EVAU test to do so. It is so prestigious that it opens the doors to the best universities in the world.



Casvi is among the few schools in Spain that has implemented the three IB Programs. What’s more, in the Community of Madrid, there are only four schools (including ours) that offer these three programs.