The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation founded in 1968 that offers four prestigious international education programs whose aim is to develop the intellectual, personal, emotional, and social abilities that students need to live, learn and work in an ever globalizing world.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is more than its four educational programmes. Its mission is to create a better world through education valuing its hard-earned reputation for quality, for high standards and for pedagogical leadership. It has achieved these goals by working with partners and by actively involving its stakeholders, particularly teachers.
The International Baccalaureate Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
The Primary Years Program
Schools that offer PEP recognize and seek to meet the diverse physical, social, intellectual, aesthetic, and cultural needs of students, enabling them to offer an interesting, relevant, stimulating, and meaningful learning experience. This meaningful learning is achieved through the transdisciplinary model on which the programme is based, whereby issues of global importance that transcend traditional disciplinary areas provide the framework for learning in Early Years through Primary. These topics facilitate understanding of the human condition and the experiences that human beings have in common. Students explore this common ground together from multiple perspectives starting with their own personal experiences and contexts;through this exchange they become more aware and sensitive to the experiences of others beyond their local or national community. Sharing experiences is an essential aspect of the programme and a key element in developing an international perspective which starts with the ability to acknowledge and reflect on classmates’ points of views.
Since 2012 our school has been authorized to offer this program designed for students aged 3-12 which we implement in Early Years through Primary. PYP provides an inquiry-based education in which students don’t just seek their own answers, but more importantly develop their own questions.
The PYP is underpinned by six transdisciplinary themes around which learning is planned.These are: who we are, where we are in place and time, how we express ourselves, how the world works, how we organize ourselves, and sharing the planet.
The IB Diploma Program
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (DP) enables the development of academic, social, and emotional abilities that prepare students for the highest level of university studies as well as a successful adult life.
In 2014 we were authorized for the IB Diploma Program which we have been offering since 2015. We are the only private school to provide this program in our region; the only public school to offer this program is the selective Colegio de Alto Rendimiento de Cusco (http://www.minedu.gob.pe/coar/), whose students took the international exams for the first time in 2017.
This is an academically challenging program with rigorous international examinations that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. It is designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The Diploma Program has gained recognition and respect from prestigious universities in Peru and the world which offer course credit and special admission advantages.
As the Diploma Program is targeted at students aged 16 to 19, we implement this program starting in 11th Grade and students who wish to take the exams necessary to obtain the diploma take an optional, additional year (12th Grade).
We are very pleased to be able to offer this invaluable opportunity to young people in Cusco and are very proud that all of our students who completed this program in 2017 successfully obtained the IB Diploma.
IB Diploma Courses
Our school offers courses that meet the requirements of every aspect of the IB Diploma. We also offer the possibility to additional courses online.
The Diploma Program curriculum is comprised of the three core elements and six subject groups. All students complete the three core elements:
- Theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.
- The extended essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.
- Creativity, activity, service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.
Students take one course from the following subject groups: Studies in Language and Literature; Language Acquisition; Individuals and Societies; Sciences; Mathematics; and the Arts. There may be other courses available at an additional cost via www.pamojaeducation.com
Our students learn by leading their own inquiry. Inquiry-based learning serves as inspiration and empowerment for our students so that they can find answers to their own questions while developing abilities, attitudes and conceptual understanding. Our school values the prior knowledge our students bring to school and use them as a starting point for students to construct their own learning.
Our school implements a variety of strategies that promote visible thinking through routines that generate high levels of thinking and help students to identify their metacognitive processes.