King's College Soto is an IB World School and therefore offers the IB educational programme and the IB Diploma. Since its conception in 1968, this highly regarded curriculum has promoted international mindedness as well as intellectual rigour and academic flexibility.
The IB programme aims to develop critical and compassionate thinkers who, as learners in the 21st century, are prepared for success at university and beyond, in life. To facilitate lifelong learning, a challenging and balanced two-year curriculum is offered.
The programme offers an enriching curriculum through the range of subjects studied, the unifying nature of the Theory of Knowledge programme and the holistic nature of the Creativity, Action and Service programme. At the upper IB level, three subjects are studied in great depth.
The history of the IB
“The aim of the IB education system has always been to develop internationally-minded students who are able to face the challenges of the future with optimism and flexibility”.
Founded in the 1960s, the International Baccalaureate Organisation initially aimed to provide a standardised curriculum for students in their final years of school around the world.
Over the years, the IB framework has become globally recognised and has grown to also include Nursery and Primary and Secondary Education (3-16 years). Today, the IB has 1.95 million students in 5,400 schools across 159 countries, and its goal is to develop internationally-minded students who are able to face the challenges of the 21st century with optimism and flexibility.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) offers four high-quality, holistic programmes for students aged 3 to 19. Each programme is focused on the academic and personal growth of students in an international educational setting.
- Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students aged 3-12
A transdisciplinary curriculum framework based on exploration and designed to develop and nurture the natural curiosity in each child through unique teaching methods.
International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools offer a unique, diverse, and stimulating education.
“A 360º education for a future full of academic, professional, and personal opportunities and benefits”.
Students who choose to be educated at an IB school:
- Enjoy a wide variety of subjects with a transdisciplinary approach and aimed at promoting essential skills for their future career, such as research and communication.
- Take full responsibility for their learning, which drives them to excel and continuously improve, which is key to ensuring their future professional and personal success.
- Develop critical thinking skills, learning to always question assumptions and trust their own judgement.
- Acquire a high level of self-confidence and self-assurance in their abilities, allowing them to confidently tackle new ideas, concepts, and even risks.
- Tend to outperform students that study under other curricula due to their comprehensive education in social, emotional, and academic skills.
Primary Years Programme (PYP)
The IB PYP educational model is structured around six “transdisciplinary themes”, which are universal and transferable across cultures.
The areas covered by the Primary Years Programme (PYP) are:
- Social Studies
- Science and Technology
- Personal, Social, and Physical Education
Transdisciplinary research units.
Students are responsible for their own learning and support each other in the process. The curriculum focuses on individuals and the relationships between them to build a dynamic learning community.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)
In the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) curriculum, students can choose subjects from six areas (subject groups), in addition to three core subjects. Far from the traditional choice of “arts or sciences”, this option allows students to be thoroughly educated in subjects from different disciplines. This means that they obtain a comprehensive education in both scientific subjects and humanities, which allows them to pursue the university degree of their choice.
The different subject groups included in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) are:
- First Language
- Second Language
- Individuals and Societies
- Experimental Sciences
- Visual Arts
In addition to the study of these disciplines and the relationship between them, the IBDP has three core subjects aimed at enhancing the students' educational experience and enabling them to apply their knowledge and skills.
- Extended Essay (Research)
Students are required to research a topic of interest and write a 4,000-word essay.
- Theory of Knowledge
Students investigate the nature of knowledge and reflect on how we know what we think we know.
- CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service)
It is focused on the students' experiential learning, through activities and projects in local, national, and international contexts.
The programme is divided into different disciplines, with the Theory of Knowledge as a unifying element.
It is focused on the students’ intellectual, social, emotional, and physical well-being as a solid foundation for their later success at university and in adult life.
For a student, earning the IB Diploma is a clear distinguishing factor in their academic, professional, and personal future.
- A well-rounded and balanced education
Choosing and studying a wide range of subjects from a variety of disciplines instils a liberal perspective in students, which is highly valued in foreign universities.
- Access to the world's leading universities
Studies suggest that the admission rate of IB Diploma students to Ivy League universities is 18% higher than that of other applicants. In addition, given the IB's worldwide prestige, students with an outstanding academic record enjoy a number of advantages in terms of grades, academic credits, and scholarships.
Assessment of student performance in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme® (IBDP) is based on internal and external elements.
Performance in each of the six IB Diploma subjects is graded on a scale from 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). The grades for each subject are combined to form the student's final Diploma grade.
Performance in Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay is assessed on a scale from A (maximum grade) to E (minimum grade). The combination of these two core subjects is graded with a maximum of 3 points. The maximum total score for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is 45.
Moreover, the CAS programme, an integral element of the IBDP core subjects, is not graded, but certified participation is a prerequisite for the award of the diploma.
The diploma is awarded only to those students who obtain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum performance levels, including the successful completion of the three IBDP core subjects.