The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a global and multilingual certificate recognised in more than 90 countries. It is certified by the IBO – International Baccalaureate Organisation which is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland.
As an IB World School, São Luís College offers to its students the option to do the High School – Brazilian curriculum together with the Diploma Programme.
What is important to know before choosing the IB Diploma Programme?
Understanding the core subjects
The subject reflects on the process of acquisition of knowledge and how do we know things. Tok promotes an important connection among all the other components enabling students to identify and understand the connections and the issues of knowledge within different areas. Consequently students will develop the capacity to evaluate information with critical thinking and reflect on personal assumptions.
EE is known in the Brazilian curriculum as TCC. EE consists in an essay of 4000 words maximum with the guidance of a teacher. It allows students to develop a piece of work based on a research question preparing them for academic papers in universities. The EE is to be completed in 3 semesters from choosing the theme till the final essay, references and presentation.
This is a very practical subject that involves working after school hours with the objective of developing projects on creativity activity and service on its own or combined. There are journals, routines and reflections to be developed during the activities or projects. Students may experience different activities till they choose which project to develop. It could go from organising a group to paint a social institution, raise funds for an emergency action, organise activities in or outside school, promote healthy physical activities, championships in institutions, etc. Discussions, reflection and group work are often used as means of achieving the purpose. It helps to develop ethical consciousness self-confidence and maturity helping students to become more open minded and reflective. It enables them to develop skills to engage in actions that promote citizenship.
Other IB disciplines
In addition to the core subjects – Theory of knowledge (TOK); Extended test (EE); and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) – the IBDP Subjects is formed by other six disciplines. Click below to know the programm of those disciplines:
Process of Admission
The admission’s process to the Ensino Médio – Currículo Brasileiro com Certificado IB happens once a year together with the school’s admission process.
The publication of the notice takes place between May and July. During the second semester of the year all candidates interested (São Luís students as well as students from other schools) take part in a process with tests and interviews in order to evaluate proficiency in English level B2 ( according to CERF) in the following abilities: reading, listening, writing and speaking). Also interviews will help to evaluate students’ profile (autonomy and independence) and willingness to be part of the programme.