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What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) about?

The Diploma Program (PD) of the International Baccalaureate® (BI) is an education program for motivated students aged 16 to 19 that has a thorough, complete and balanced curriculum that promotes the intellectual, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of the students. It has its own evaluation system that is respected internationally by the best institutions of higher education. By May 2016, 2,487 schools taught the PD in 136 countries around the world, including 37 schools in Colombia which presented as candidates to more than one thousand three hundred students[1].

[1] Source: IB (2016) The IB Diploma Programme Statistical Bulletin. May 2016 examination session, International Baccalaureate, The Netherlands.

The PD allows our students to complete their education within the "continuum" of IB, and concludes in an exemplary manner the objectives that began in the elementary school (PYP) and middle school (PAI) programs, focused on the development of the attributes of the profile of the BI learning community. The program seeks that our students are formed as integral beings that:

1. Grow physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
2. They study at least two languages.
3. They stand out in traditional academic subjects.
4. Explore the nature of knowledge through the Theory of Knowledge course that is exclusive to the program.

How does the Diploma Program work at Buckingham?

Our school is authorized and certified to apply this program since 2004, achieving its first promotion in 2006.

In the PD, the teaching and learning processes are organized around six groups of subjects, whose base is the common trunk of the program and the development of the attributes of the profile of the learning community.

The six groups of subjects are the following: Studies in Language and Literature, Acquisition of Languages, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics and Arts.

The common foundation of the Diploma Program consists of three components, which are mandatory for all students of the program and allows them to expand their educational experience challenging their knowledge and skills.


In addition to the six DP subjects, students will have spaces to develop the common foundation: Monograph, Theory of Knowledge and CAS; and the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Philosophy and Physical Education.

At the end of the program, students take written exams that external examiners of the IB correct. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school that are first corrected by teachers and then subjected to external moderation. The subjects are graded according to a scale that ranges from 1 (minimum grade) to 7 (maximum grade).

The international baccalaureate diploma will be awarded to those students who obtain at least 24 points, as long as they meet certain minimum performance levels throughout the program and have successfully participated in the required component of Creativity, Activity and Service.


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