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International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate Programme, is a two-year pre-university course of study which is externally examined in November of the second year of the programme, Form VI. The external IB examinations are assessed by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).

The IB Diploma Programme is demanding and narrower in scope than the Internal Programme as candidates must conform to the arrangement of six courses traditionally presented as the IB hexagon. Subjects in brackets are those offered by San Silvestre within the general subject groupings.

The IB Diploma is regarded by universities both in Peru and overseas as satisfying entry requirements. Diplomates enjoy a smooth transfer from school to university, often with the bonus of course credits.

Courses operate at two levels, Standard and Higher, and a pupil should take three courses at each level.

While a Diploma “menu” is, therefore, flexible, three central requirements are demanded of all candidates:

  • A course in Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • An Extended Essay of 4,000 words
  • Participation in activities of CAS (Creativity, Action and Service).

IB courses can be taught in English, Spanish or French. In San Silvestre the courses are 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, History, Geography, Information Technology in a Global Society, Psychology)
Group 4: Experimental Sciences (Biology, Physics, Chemistry)
Group 5: Mathematics
Group 6: Arts and Electives

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