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International Baccalaureate

Information about the International Baccalaureate at San Patricio School

Living in an interconnected and globalised 21st-century world requires critical thinking skills and an international mindset. The education offered by the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) Programme prepares students so they can learn to recognise and understand this need.

What is the IB Diploma Programme?

The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous and balanced educational programme for students between the ages of 16 and 19, which is generally taught in a two-year course that ends with examinations. It is an excellent preparation for university and adult life, and receives wide recognition among the world’s leading universities.
The program was created in the late 60s. Since then, it has been engaged in:

  • • providing a balanced educational offer that combines breadth and depth and explores the nature of knowledge in the different disciplines through its Theory of Knowledge course, exclusive to the IB
  • • fostering in students an international mindset, based on their own language and culture
  • • giving students a positive attitude towards learning, which prepares them for university education
  • • earning an excellent reputation for its rigorous external assessment methods based on global implementation standards, which ensure it is recognised by universities around the world
  • • focusing on the comprehensive development of the student:
  • • physical, intellectual, emotional and ethical.
  • • it is well suited to our School's Educational Project.

The curriculum

Students of the IB Diploma Programme study six Higher or Standard Level subjects. They must choose a subject from each group from 1 to 5. This ensures a wide experience in languages, social sciences, experimental sciences and mathematics.
The sixth subject may be one of the Group 6 (Arts) or of any of the other groups.
Students must attend three or four Higher Level subjects (with 240 recommended teaching hours) and the remaining of the Standard Level (with 150 recommended teaching hours). The subjects can be attended and assessed in English, French or Spanish.
Throughout the programme, students will understand and become familiar with the IB learning community profile. The ten attributes that compose it inspire and motivate the work of teachers, students and schools, providing them with a statement of the IB’s goals and values, and a definition of what is meant by “international mindset”. Members of the IB learning community strive to be inquiring, thinkers, communicators, bold, informed and educated, honest, open-minded, supportive, balanced and reflective, in line with the School’s goals since its foundation.

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Language and Literature Studies. Language Learning
Students choose two languages, one from Group 1 and one from Group 2. Group 1 courses are mostly literature classes in the languages the students are most familiar with; Group 2 subjects are oriented towards learning languages to a level close to that of a native speaker.
Students select their courses according to their linguistic ability and course goals.

Individuals and Societies
Social and Cultural Anthropology Economy Global Policy
Business and Management Philosophy World Religions
Geography History Islamic History
Psychology Environmental Systems and Societies*  
Information Technology in a Global Society    

Experimental Sciences
Biology Physics Computer Science
Chemistry Environmental Systems and Societies* Sports, Health and Exercise Sciences
Design Technology    

Mathematics Arts  
Mathematics Expansion Advanced Level Visual Arts Music
Standard Level Mathematical Studies Theatre Cinema
Standard Level Mathematics Dance SL Theatrical Performance and Literature
Mathematics Higher Level    
    *interdisciplinary subject
The availability of these subjects varies in each IB World School, so students should consult their Diploma Programme coordinator. Availability may also vary from one year to another.

The programme also has three components that make up its common core. These are intended to broaden the educational experience of students and encourage them to put their knowledge and understanding into practice.
• The Extended Essay requires students to carry out an independent research through an in-depth study of a topic related to one of the subjects they study.
The Theory of Knowledge course invites students to reflect on the nature of knowledge through a critical analysis of different forms of knowledge (perception, emotion, language and reason) and types of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
• With Creativity, Action and Service (CAS), students are actively involved in projects outside of the classroom and learn from this experience. They can carry out activities that combine these three components or activities specific to each of them.


The assessment

At the end of the programme, students take written exams, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students are also subject to internal assessments at the school, which are assessed by the teachers and later reviewed by external moderators, or sent directly to external examiners.
The subjects are graded ranging from 1 (lowest grade) to 7 (highest grade).
Additionally, the results of Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay are combined, adding up to three additional points to the diploma’s total score. The diploma is awarded to students who earn at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme, and satisfactory completion of the requirements in Creativity, Activity and Service. The highest total score that a student can be awarded is 45.
The assessment is based on criteria, which means that student performance is measured against the established assessment criteria related to the general and each subject’s specific goals, and not against the performance of other students who take the same exams.
Statistically, the range of scores obtained by students has remained stable and universities value the rigour and consistency of the Diploma Programme assessment practices.
Students may choose to take only a few subjects, rather than the entire programme. In these cases, the students receive a certificate for the subjects they pass. In the School, students may only attend one independent CAS subject, obtaining a certificate that may be attached to their academic experience.


International Baccalaureate in San Patricio School

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is available in San Patricio School in these two ways:

International Baccalaureate with Bilingual Diploma Programme:

Students who only attend the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme will take written exams at the end of the second year for all subjects of their different groups. International Baccalaureate graduates can enrol in university under the same conditions as the students who study the National Baccalaureate. The available subjects are:

Option Engineering Option Health Option Social Option Arts
G1 SPANISH A: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE HL/SL G1 SPANISH A: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE HL/SL
G6 LITERATURE AND THEATRICAL REPRESENTATION SL
G2 ENGLISH B HL *
G2 GERMAN B SL / FRENCH B SL / INQUIRY / TECHNICAL DRAWING (ENGINEERING option)**
G3 B. MANAGEMENT SL * G3 HISTORY SL G3 B. MANAGEMENT HL *
    G3 ECONOMICS HL*  
G4 PHYSICS SL G4 BIOLOGY HL G4 ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS SL / SPORTS, EXERCISE AND HEALTH SCIENCES SL G4 ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS SL / SPORTS, EXERCISE AND HEALTH SCIENCES SL
G4 CHEMISTRY HL/SL G4 CHEMISTRY HL/SL / SPORTS, EXERCISE AND HEALTH SCIENCE SL
G5 MATHEMATICS SL G5 MATHEMATICS SL G5 MATHEMATICS SL G5 MATHEMATICS SL
    G5 MATHEMATICAL STUDIES SL G5 MATHEMATICAL STUDIES SL
      G6 MUSIC HL/SL CINEMA HL/SL VISUAL ARTS HL/SL
CAS, THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE*, EXTENDED ESSAY
TUTORING
* Subjects to be taught in English ** Non-curricular subjects

 

International Baccalaureate with National Baccalaureate:

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, which also has a compulsory two-year duration to obtain the corresponding degree, does not replace the LOMCE Baccalaureate or the National Baccalaureate, but complements them, which will require an additional and significant effort on the part of the student, who will take the written exams at the same time of both baccalaureates, in addition to the National Baccalaureate final assessment (“final examination”) at the end of the last academic year. The available subjects are:

Option Engineering Option Health Option Social Option Arts
PHILOSOPHY SL PHILOSOPHY SL PHILOSOPHY PHILOSOPHY
LANGUAGE C. and LIT HL/SL LANGUAGE C. and LIT HL/SL LANGUAGE C. and LIT HL/SL LANGUAGE C. and LIT HL/SL
MATHEMATICS HL MATHEMATICS SL MATHEMATICS SL ART FUNDAMENTALS (LIT. and THEATRICAL REP. SL)
ENGLISH B HL ENGLISH B HL ENGLISH B HL ENGLISH B HL
PHYSICS SL PHYSICS ECONOMICS HL AUDIO VISUAL CULTURE (VISUAL ARTS HL/SL)
TECHNICAL DRAWING BIOLOGY SL HISTORY MC SL HISTORY MC SL
PHYSICAL EDUCATION PHYSICAL EDUCATION PHYSICAL EDUCATION PHYSICAL EDUCATION
RELIGION RELIGION RELIGION RELIGION
SECOND FOREIGN LANGUAGE / ICT I / LANG. AND MUSICAL PRACTICE / ARTISTIC D. SECOND FOREIGN LANGUAGE / ICT I / LANG. AND MUSICAL PRACTICE / ARTISTIC D. SECOND FOREIGN LANGUAGE / ICT I / LANG. AND MUSICAL PRACTICE / ARTISTIC D. SECOND FOREIGN LANGUAGE / ICT I / LANG. AND MUSICAL PRACTICE / ARTISTIC D.
CHEMISTRY HL/SL CHEMISTRY HL/SL ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS SL ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS SL
      MATHEMATICAL STUD. SL MATHEMATICS SL
CAS, THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE, EXTENDED ESSAY

 


Diploma Programme Coordinator:

D. Borja Díaz Sánchez-Biezma
[email protected]
San Patricio School
C/ Jazmín, 148
Telephone: +34 91 650 06 02

More information on the International Baccalaureate:
www.ibo.org

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