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The International Baccalaureate® (IB) was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968 as a non-profit educational foundation. A group of talented, forward-thinking teachers at the International School of Geneva, with assistance from several other international schools, created the IB Diploma Programme. What started life as a single programme for internationally mobile students preparing for university, has today grown into three programmes for students aged 3 to 19. The programme in the early days consisted of a common pre-university curriculum and a common set of external examinations for students in schools throughout the world, seeking to provide students with a truly international education. Although the first IB schools were predominantly private international schools, they included a very small number of private national institutions and schools belonging to state education departments. This has changed over the years and today over half of all IB World Schools (authorized to offer one or more of our programmes) are state schools.


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THE MISSION OF 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.
THE STRATEGY OF THE IBThe IB has seen tremendous planned growth in the past five years, delivering successful performance through a strong focus on quality, access and infrastructure.The new strategy builds upon success and ensures that the IB has a clear direction for the next five years. At its heart lies the ambition to establish the IB as a global leader in international education.To achieve this, the IB Board of Governors has endorsed the vision together with a set of strategic goals and strategic objectives.
THE IB LEARNER PROFILE OF EACH STUDENTThe 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.
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IB PROFILE VIDEO (ENGLISH)








IB PROFILE VIDEO (SPANISH)










+ The IB Diploma Programme
The IB Diploma Programme is designed as an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, normally aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. The programme is normally taught over two years and has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities.
THE NUCLEUS OF THE PROGRAMME

  1. The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
  2. Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
  3. Creativity, action, service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.


THIS IS THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAMME. RIDE ON THE CHALLENGE!
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BE AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT. BE A STUDENT FOR THE WORLD.






THE ASSESSMENTStudents take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.



+ The IB Diploma Programme / Buckingham School

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The Buckingham School, our school, has been an IB School during the last eight years. Our school´s institutional values and structure adapts perfectly to the body and philosophy of the IB Organization, showing the perfect bond that will shape us as future leaders of the world. Through the pass of year the school has proven to the students that this programme is the perfect challenge to prepare us to our future steps in life.
THE CURRICULUMThe Buckingham School has established an specific curriculum to every student, meaning that all students taking the two year programme take the same classes and at the same level. This curriculum allows every Buckingham student to develop knowledge skills in the areas of science and math as the areas of arts, languages and history, producing a complete student ready to face with life and keep going with the following challenges. The following is the curriculum of the IB Programme seen in the Buckingham School:

  • SPANISH
  • HISTORY
  • LITERATURE
  • BIOLOGY
  • MATH (CALCULUS)
  • TOK
  • EXTENDED ESSAY
  • CAS (CREATIVITY, ACTION, SERVICE)
  • ELECTIVES: ARTS - ITGS



The following information in this wiki exposes and talks about each of the classes named above, specifying who teaches the class, the level of the class, the internal assessments mandatory for each student and its criterion, and the proper preparation for the external assessment.

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+ TIPS / Personal Opinion
TIPS:
  1. The most important tip to ride on the challenge of obtaining the IB diploma is to understand that this programme gives you a mental structure and strength to be able to support your future years university students. Even though the programme tires you up several times and is tedious, at the end of the process you will have an advantage over the non-IB students.
  2. Work hard in every class and subjects, taking advantage of every free time to finish the internal assessments evading the overload of work at the end of the week.
  3. While you´re working and studying, don´t forget to enjoy this two last years at the school because this final path is the most important in our school life, so try to smile and have a good time.
  4. Relax, take a deep breath, because if you are organized with the works and homeworks, then everything will be more easy.

Personal Opinion:

As a senior year student who has finished the IB Diploma Programme my personal opinion about this process is mostly positive, because of the outcomes of the hard work during these years. After staying up late several nights and writing many essays, I sincerely think that the IB gives you the tools to have success in life and probably become a world leader. The teachers and the programme itself pushes each student to go to the limit in order to produce valuable and well structured knowledge, and also it makes of you a critical thinker who is going to be able to develop well in most areas of knowledge.

Yes, the IB Diploma Programme is a CHALLENGE but it´s worth.




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BIBLIOGRAPHY

http://www.ibo.org/history/
http://www.ibo.org/mission/
http://www.ibo.org/mission/http://www.youtube.com/user/IBprogramme#p/u/1/wroQYknm1p4
http://www.youtube.com/user/IBprogramme#p/u/3/OzYGRA_xeRk
http://blip.tv/international-baccalaureate/education-for-a-better-world-the-ib-diploma-programme-3667528
http://www.animatedgif.net/earthglobe/earthglobe.shtml
http://lisaangelettieblog.com/article-ideas-for-may/
http://colegiobuckingham.com/

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