What is International Baccalaureate?
international Baccalaureate® is a non-governmental organization, non-profit and allied to UNESCO that offers a continuous curriculum from 3 to 19 years.
Its origin is determined by the search for a curriculum that gives children and young people whose parents worked as diplomats or were displaced with international and multinational companies an internationally accepted training.
Initially, his program was aimed at high school students and hence his name. The term International indicates the ability to continue studies in other IB centers around the world. It does not mean that the teachings are taught in English.
The Schools that have implemented at least one of the International Baccalaureate programs® they are called "IB World Schools". The school San Fernando It is an IB World School since 2013, the year in which it was authorized to teach the Diploma Program.
La Teaching methodology Implying International Baccalaureate® in each of its programs it is very different from the traditional methodology.
To offer one or more of the International Baccalaureate educational programs®, schools must complete an authorization process that is subject to continuous review. In addition, teachers must receive special training that prepares them to teach their classes according to the IB methodology.
The teaching of our programs does not focus on the exams: we are aware of the importance of the results, but we also know that the best results are obtained by allowing the students to develop their learning and participate in the curriculum.
The students are the fundamental element of our programs. They are taught to think for themselves and to be the architects of their learning process. For teachers, this is a reason for satisfaction; for the students, a constant stimulus.
The educational programs of International Baccalaureate® they have a globalized approach, in which the student is constantly promoted who comes to knowledge and understands it in a broad context, so that he can relate what he has learned in real future situations.
The School San Fernando has opted for the implementation of three of the four programs offered by the Organization international Baccalaureate® and that are described in this section.Note: The information contained in this section is a summary of what was published by the International Baccalaureate® en su web www.ibo.org
Primary School Program
El PEP o Primary School Program is a program aimed at students from 3 to 12 years of age, based on constructivism: when students deepen their understanding, they build their own learning.
Seeks the integral development of the student fostered their capacity for inquiry and discovery, while promoting a caring education and an open mentality of international character.
Middle Years Program
El PAI o Middle Years Program it is a rigorous academic framework that encourages students to establish practical connections between their studies and the real world, and is designed to be an inclusive program: students with very diverse interests and academic aptitudes can benefit from their participation in it.
In our center it is intended for students with ages between 12 and 16 years (1º to 4º of ESO).
El PD o Diploma Program is an educational program with its own evaluation system, designed to students from 16 to 19 years.
The PD is a rigorous and balanced educational program that addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students, and is recognized in the most prestigious universities around the world.
In the following chapters you will find more detailed descriptions of the programs and their implementation in our Center.
The School San Fernando is an applicant * school for the Primary Years Program and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program seeking authorization as an IB World School.
IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.**
*Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.
**Mission Statement from the IB
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.