IB (Interna­tional Baccalau­reate )

International Baccalaureate Organization (IB)

Organización de Bachillerato Internacional (IB)

What is the IBO International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBO IBDP), and what are the aims of the course?

A better world through education

The IBDP is the third programme offered by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB), a non-profit organisation that aims to create a better world through education. The DP is an academically demanding 2-year programme designed for students between 16 and 18 years. The programme courses seek to educate students from an internationally-minded perspective and offer an education that allows participants to play an active role in society and contribute to the world in a mindful manner. The programme’s learning objectives also encourage critical thinking and informed decision-making capabilities, in addition to the qualities outlined in the IB Learner Profile.


How is the International Baccalaureate Diploma obtained?

Rigorous international, standardised evaluation system

The Diploma is obtained through a rigorous international, standardised evaluation system. Each of the six course components is assessed and awarded a grade, and the overall points gained in the Diploma are based on the grades achieved overall. IB examinations and assessments are moderated by international evaluators in a standardised system to ensure fair and consistent marking and to uphold the integrity of the course.

What subjects may be studied on the International Baccalaureate DP?

The International Baccalaureate programme is classified into six subject areas:

G1: Studies in Language and Literature
G2: Language Acquisition
G3: Individuals and Societies
G4: Science
G5: Mathematics
G6: Arts / optional courses
Within these subject groups, our school offers IBDP students a variety of options:

G1: Spanish A: Literature / English A: Language & Literature
G2: English B
G3: Economics /Psychology /ITGS
G4: Biology /Physics
G5: Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches /Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations
G6: Visual Arts /Business Management /Global Politics
The course includes three core courses: Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and CAS. These courses are compulsory and must be taken by all IBDP participants.

Who can access the International Baccalaureate DP curriculum?

Learners aged 16 years, who are prepared to enter the 11th Grade of Secondary education, can access this internationally-recognised course. IB candidates must be motivated to complete this demanding, but manageable and rewarding programme.

In addition to the requirements above, IBD candidates must have passed all 10th Grade subjects and the MYP Personal Project component.

What is the duration of the IBD programme?

A period of 18 months is needed to complete all course elements. At Colegio Altair, the course duration equates to 2 academic years: the 11th and 12th Grades of Secondary school.

What are the differences between an IB school
and a bilingual school?


Although bilingual schools work on developing language and cultural knowledge, as an IB World School,
Colegio Altair’s provision extends beyond providing language tuition to offer a broad international

The IB nurtures the development of world citizens by providing a global outlook that its learners can
employ to understand and appreciate our fellow human beings.

As an IB World School, Altair aims to equip students with the personal and academic tools necessary to
thrive in a progressive internationally-focussed context, while respecting the environment and broader
community on a regional, national, international and global scale. 

What level of English is required to study the IBP?

English language level B1 / B2 is recommended to gain the full benefits of the IB course.

What is the difference between studying the programme in Peru and elsewhere in the world? 

In terms of the examination timetable, all exam sessions are held in either May or November, depending on which part of the world the school is located. In addition, all students will complete the three core components to attain the diploma and choose six other subjects to study.

The main difference in the programme may be found in the course options offered within the six subject groups. Each school determines the course options for each subject group and will provide Diploma options after considering the strengths of the institution and the needs of its students.

What is the best school to study the IB?

Each school has different characteristics and may offer a range of campus choices, bespoke course options, and language courses. Prospective IB applicants should pay close attention to the characteristics most beneficial to their studies, including class size, the variety of courses offered and past IBDP results, and other essential factors that may impact success.

Why should I choose Colegio Altair for the IBDP?

There are several benefits to studying at Altair. Our IB class sizes are small, with a ratio of around 3:1 (students: teacher). In addition to personalised learning, we aim to ensure students receive the best results possible with additional study skills support and high-quality learning resources while prioritising the wellbeing of our students. While studying on the course, our IBDP pupils have the continuous support of the school's psycho-pedagogical department.

How many points are needed to pass the IBDP?

To pass the IBDP, 24 out of 45 points must be obtained. Additional requirements must be met in relation to the level of the subject options taken (intermediate/ higher). The core course elements (Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity Activity Service) must also be completed to achieve the points necessary to pass the programme. 


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