Diploma IB - International education - International Baccalaureate®
Our International Curriculum starts in Year 9, when pupils can choose to study Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) in a range of subjects, taught over a period of two years.
In Year 11, our pupils continue their international education through the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It is structured in such a way that develops the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students.
The International Baccalaureate Organization (known as the IB) offers four high-quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools, aiming to create a better, more peaceful world. It is the IB’s objective is to provide students with values, opportunities and experiences that will enable to them to contribute to the global community.
To this end, the IB DP provides the students with physical, intellectual, emotional and ethical development, enabling them to acquire and understand the contents in a more profound way, raising their awareness for the importance of knowledge, in a more comprehensive sense.
The IB DP students study subjects spanning a variety of areas, including the study of at least two languages, traditional academic disciplines including Mathematics, Experimental Sciences, Individuals and Societies and the Arts.
The programme also includes three additional core areas: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and Extended Essay (EE).
Students must complete 6 subjects and the 3 core elements (TOK, CAS, EE):
At the start of the DP, Students will choose six subjects; three at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL).
Students will be required to choose one subject from Groups 1, 2 and 5. They will have the option to take one or two subjects from Groups 3 and 4, studying a total of six subjects. In addition, students will attend Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity Activity and Service (CAS) sessions, while also working on the Extended Essay (EE). This way students will have the opportunity to explore some subjects in depth and others from broader perspective.
IB students have access to a more comprehensive education system, although they can further explore subjects from particular disciplines. For example, a more science-oriented student will be challenged to choose a discipline from the Social Sciences group.
Ultimately, students must have achieved a minimum total of 24 out of 45 points in order to complete successfully the DP program.
The subjects currently being offered at St. Peter’s School are:
Group 1: Language A - Portuguese A (HL / SL) or English A (HL / SL)
Groups 2: Language B - English B (HL / SL) or Portuguese B (apenas SL)
Group 3: Individuals and Societies: (optar por 1 ou 2)- History (HL / SL)
- Economics (HL / SL)
- Environmental Systems and Societies (apenas SL)
Group 4: Experimental Sciences: (optar por 1 ou 2)
- Biology (HL / SL)
- Chemistry (HL / SL)
- Physics (HL / SL)
- Computer Science (HL / SL)
Group 5: Mathematics:
- Mathematical Studies (apenas SL)
- Mathematics SL
- Mathematics HL
Group 6: Arts
- Visual Arts
IB DP prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society. It has the recognition and respect of the world's most prestigious universities. The program, which gives equivalence to Portuguese Secondary Education, was designed to incorporate elements of various national educational systems, without being based on any particular system. As such, IB students may transfer from one IB school to another, although the two-year course comprising the IB DP must be completed at the same institution.
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