IB-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.

All High School students study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a qualification recognized by the world’s principal universities. The Brazilian National Curricular Parameters and the  IB Diploma Programme are studied in an integrated manner.

IB learner profile

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The IB Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.

Students learn more than a collection of facts. The Diploma Programme prepares students for university and encourages them to:

  • ask challenging questions

  • learn how to learn

  • develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture

  • develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures.

What are the requirements of the IB Diploma Programme?

In the IB Diploma Programme, students:

  • take 6 academic subjects, 3 and not more than 4 at Higher Level (HL) and 2 or 3 at Standard Level (SL).

  • write a 4000-word essay – Extended Essay – in any recognized IB subject, provided that the school has a qualified teacher to offer guidance.

  • take a course in the Theory of Knowledge.

  • do extra-curricular activities which may be creative, aesthetic or physical. Social service is also a requirement. This component is known as CAS (creativity, activity, service).

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Developed Skills

  • Reading and comprehension of texts with different characteristics, at various levels of difficulty and in various languages – German, Portuguese, English and French.

  • Oral presentations, including taped orals assessed externally.

  • Writing assignments, including the production of portfolios based on freely chosen themes.

  • Production of summaries of books about literature and human sciences.

  • Interdisciplinary research in the natural sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

  • Fieldwork in Geography and Biology.

  • Production of portfolios in the exact sciences; modelling and mathematical analysis.

  • Production of academic research and oral presentations.

  • Development of community activities integrated with the CAS programme.

  • Development of critical thinking through the comprehension and interpretation of different points of view – social, cultural, scientific, historical.

  • Organization and emotional control for the taking of examinations.

Profile of the IB student

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

IB students strive to be:

INQUIRERS: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.

KNOWLEDGEABLE: We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance. 

THINKERS: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

COMMUNICATORS: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

PRINCIPLED: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

OPEN-MINDED: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.

CARING: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.

RISK-TAKERS: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

BALANCED: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

REFLECTIVE: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.