INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
Diploma

Methodology and curriculum in Diploma

The IB Diploma

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 , whose students will took the international exams for the first time in 2017.

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.

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.

Our school offers courses that meet the requirements of every aspect of the IB Diploma. We also offer the possibility to additional courses online.

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Diploma 1
Fifth of Secondary

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Diploma 2
Additional year
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IB Diploma Courses

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 Pamoja Education.

    • Studies in language and literature
      Language A: language and literature HL and SL (in Spanish)
    • Language Acquisition
      Language B HL and SL (in English)
    • Individuals and Societies
      History HL and SL (in Spanish)
    • Sciences
      Biology HL and SL (in Spanish)
    • Mathematics
      Mathematical studies SL (in Spanish)
    • The Arts
      Visual Arts SL (in Spanish)
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Language Instruction in the IB Diploma Program

Intensive English teaching continues in the IB Diploma Programme. The English B course is taught through which students develop receptive, productive and interactive skills through contextualized study of language, texts and themes. In addition, they work with a variety of authentic texts and produce work in a variety of communicative contexts. This course also focuses on the development of academic English in preparation for university studies in an English-speaking country.

Students also continue to receive instruction in Quechua in order to learn to communicate socially as well as appreciate important elements of Andean culture through its language.

All other courses are taught in Spanish; however, students have the option of taking additional IB Diploma courses in English externally through Pamoja Education.

Supporting our IB Diploma students

Every grade at our school has a ”tutor”, or advisor, serving as the main adult responsible for the care and progress of a student. Our school accompanies students in their transition from children to youth and from youth to adulthood. The Department of Guidance and Psychopedagogy, together with the teachers, carries out a specialized program that addresses to the needs of our students, emphasizing the development of autonomy, self-management, respect and responsibility, in addition to the attributes of our learner profile. This includes two hours a week of “tutoria” classes that focus on the social-emotional development of our students. We also work with families on how to support their children and provide them with individualized information on their academic progress. In addition, teachers are available each week to provide personalized support to students; in this way, we are able to provide a supportive environment where young people can develop their study habits and skills.

Finally, IB Diploma Program students take college-level courses with Secondary School teachers easing the transition into adulthood.

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Holistic Approach in the IB Diploma Program

We understand that people have different ways of processing information, different ways of understanding the world around them and that everyone has an area in which they excel.

We strive for academic, social, and emotional success. Our school seeks to offer a variety of opportunities for each student to demonstrate what he or she is good at, discover the skills they’ll need to achieve their future goals and learn to strengthen weaknesses. In addition, we differentiate classroom activities in order to take into account and respect different learning styles. Interdisciplinary teaching is also an important tenet of our school, we strive to interrelate the activities and contents of our students’ courses to achieve an integrated approach.

We hold three-way meetings (family, teacher and student) twice a year, in which our Diploma 1 students have the opportunity to communicate their achievements in addition to their short and medium term goals. They also make commitments to improve where necessary, involving their families in this process. These meetings also allow teachers to maintain fluid communication with families and students.

Students in the second year of the IB Diploma Program are assessed according to the guidelines of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which includes written tests, essays, personal portfolios, oral commentaries, etc.

Art Classes in the IB Diploma

We seek to develop students who understand and express their ideas with confidence and creativity in different languages and forms of communication. The development of artistic skills is an essential part of the holistic lB approach. Students in the first and second year of the IB Diploma Program (Diploma 1 and Diploma 2) take the IB Visual Arts course. In addition to developing the students' artistic skills, this course also emphasizes their sense of expression and the artistic analysis of both their own works as well as national and international artists.

e sus propias obras, como de artistas nacionales e internacionales.

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Technology in the IB Diploma

Our school incorporates technology with our students as a strategy to strengthen learning. We understand that the real difference in the use of technology lies in supporting methodologies that prioritize the creation of communities of learning, differentiated instruction, and collaborative creation of knowledge; above all, technology allows our students to access valuable tools for solving real-world problems. Every IB Diploma student takes a laptop to school which is provided by each family. Teachers schedule time in class to use the laptops striving for a balance between the use of technology and other teaching-learning strategies that enable interpersonal interaction and group activities.

Ver -> Important information on the use of Secondary and Diploma laptops

Academic Resources online
Some of the computer resources we have are:

  • GOOGLE CLASSROOM
  • Platform that allows us to manage sending assignments and lessons with our high school students.
  • ACHIEVE 3000
  • To develop literacy skills in high school students in Spanish and English.
  • KHAN ACADEMY
  • To develop math skills in elementary and high school.