International Baccalaureate


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.

" High quality international education for a better world"

International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) was founded in order to develop a high quality educational system that could meet the expectations of students in an era of rapid globalization. Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968, the organization assessed the national educational systems around the world, combining the best practices of each into a program that would prepare national leaders inthe fields of business, finance, government and nonprofit sectors.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is unique for the following reasons:

  • It offers a continuum of education, which consists of three individual programs ranging from kindergarten to a pre-university diploma.
  • It has a formidable reputation for high-quality education sustained for over 35 years, with the curriculum representing the best from many different countries rather than a curriculum adopted by a specific national system.  Its challenging Diploma Programme assessment is recognized and respected by the world's leading universities.
  • It encourages international and intercultural thinking, first by developing in students an understanding of their own cultural and national identity and then branching into a profound understanding of the world.  All IB students learn a second or third language, and in turn develop skills to live and work with others internationally, required for twenty-first century life.
  • It generates a positive attitude towards learning by motivating students to perform in challenging areas, critical thinking, and research skills and to learn "how to learn." Similarly, it encourages community service based on the belief that there is much more to learn beyond the academics.

 

The IB officially begins in the 11th grade, but the IB program begins through advanced preparation that starts in 7th grade, applying rigorous academic standards established by the IBO.

The IB curriculum is illustrated in the chart below, with a hexagon formed by six subject groups and the main requirements in the center:

         

 

IB students study six main subjects of the possible selected thematic areas, with three subjects studied at an advanced level (courses of 240 hours of learning) and the remaining three at a standard level (courses of 150 hours of learning).

The three additional requirements prescribed by the IB are presented below:

  • Extended Essay.- The extended essay provides students with the opportunity to research a topic of interest and allows familiarity with the techniques of independent research and composition skills required in college.
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK). - The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed for students to deepen their exploration of the nature of knowledge, internalized in other disciplines, which also helps them to appreciate different cultural perspectives.
  • Creativity, Action and Service (CAS).- Participation in the CAS program encourages students to engage in artistic fields, sports and community service, thus fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic area.The IB requires 200 hours of CAS. CAS opportunities at AIS/B include a series of events such as the walk for humanity (marathon to raise funds) which is conducted annually. Those funds are earmarked for the benefit of the organizations to which the AIS/B provides community service (hyperlink to Human Rights and Community Service). Other school activities include the yearbook, school newspaper, student government, and special events production, including theater, holiday celebrations, art exhibitions as well as "teaching assistants" or teaching assistantship at the primary level courses and tutoring, human rights projects (hyperlink to Human Rights and Community Service) and sports (hyperlink to Sports).

 

AIS/B students can choose from the following academic courses within the program to obtain the IB Diploma, along with more than 250 hours of CAS activities. The abbreviation “SL” represents “Standard Level” and “HL” represents “Higher Level”. Language courses are offered at A1 level for native speakers, A2 level for students with a strong grasp of the target language, B level for second language learners, and Ab Initio level for beginners. 

  • IB English A1, A2 & B (SL & HL)                             
  • IB Spanish A1, A2 & B (SL & HL)                                 
  • IB French (Ab Initio)                                                
  • IB Mandarin (Ab Initio)
  • IB Art (SL & HL)                                                
  • IB Theory of Knowledge
  • IB Extended Essay
  • IB History (SL & HL)
  • IB Chemistry (SL)
  • IB Physics (SL)
  • IB Biology (SL & HL)
  • IB Mathematical Studies (SL)
  • IB Mathematics (SL/HL)
  • IB Bussiness

AIS/B also has the power to implement new courses according to student demand. These courses may include chemistry, Dutch, computer science, psychology, and economics, among others. The qualifications  that our students obtained  in the International Baccalaureate program in 2009, awarded by external evaluators of the IBO, was very favorable.