The International Baccalaureate is a two-year pre-university course of study taught in over 2,300 schools around the world. Its original purpose was to create a demanding educational programme which would respond to the challenges of a globalised world.
The International Baccalaureate is a very challenging, balanced programme that places emphasis on: critical thinking, written and oral communication skills and international perspectives. This programme develops individual talents and teaches students to relate their classroom experiences to the wider world.
As the IB Diploma meets the entry requirements universities both in Peru and overseas, students who obtain the Diploma enjoy a smooth transfer from school to university, often with the added benefit of course credits.
San Silvestre School has offered the IB programme since 1992 and our students have consistently obtained outstanding results, often way beyond world averages.
Students who follow the IB Diploma Programme must conform to the arrangement of six courses traditionally presented as the IB hexagon.
Each courses are offered at two levels, Standard and Higher, and students are required to take three courses at each level.
The CORE is a central requirement of the Diploma that combines academic and practical skills at three levels:
Theory of Knowledge course (TOK)- Reflects on the nature of knowledge
Extended Essay of 4,000 words- Allows for critical thinking
CAS (Creativity, Action and Service)- Allows to reflect on emotions-affect-change
The CAS programme aims to provide a 'counterbalance' to the academic rigour of the programme. A CAS experience must fit within one or more of the CAS strands and be based on a personal interest, skill, talent or opportunity for growth. It provides opportunities for self-determination and collaboration with others, while fostering a sense of accomplishment. The CAS outcomes for students are defined as follows: Undertaking new challenges, planning and initiating activities, working collaboratively with others, showing perseverance and commitment, engaging with issues of global importance, considering ethical implications and developing new skills
In San Silvestre all courses taught in English, except for Spanish and French.
Group 1: Language and Literature - Spanish and English
Group 2: Language acquisition - French
Group 3: Individuals and Societies - Economics, Business Management, History, Geography, Information Technology in a Global Society, Psychology, Environmental Systems and Societies
Group 4: Experimental Sciences - Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Systems and Societies
Group 5: Mathematics analysis and approaches, Mathematics: applications and interpretation
Group 6: The Arts - Visual Art and Theatre Arts