Diploma del Bachillerato Internacional Online Diploma del Bachillerato Internacional Online

What is IBDP?


At SEK International Schools, we believe that education should have no borders. You can now study the IB Diploma Programme fully online. Whether you travel frequently and need a flexible study schedule, are a professional athlete or are pursuing a career in the performing arts, live in a remote area or face unique circumstances that require alternative access to education, this program is designed for you.

The IB Diploma Programme, for students aged 16-19, is a rigorous and balanced learning experience that is an excellent preparation for university and adult life. It is designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical dimensions of students’ development and is recognized and respected by prestigious universities around the world.

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100% Online

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Duration: 2 years

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Start: September

 

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16 – 19 years old

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Spanish, English, Bilingual

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International Prestige

 

Why IB with SEK?

 


 

Access Anywhere, Anytime

We appreciate your need to learn from anywhere in the world, regardless of your location. A purpose-built platform allows you the freedom to complete activities and review materials whenever suits you best. And all faculty-led sessions are recorded, so you can catch up at any time if you are unable to attend live.

Unparalleled Teaching Excellence

We believe that exceptional educators make all the difference. Our teachers are experts in their fields, and specialists in online teaching methodologies.With their experience, you can be confident you are receiving a world-class education, and one that engages you just like a traditional classroom would.

Personalised Support at Every Step

We understand that individual attention is crucial to your growth. That is why we provide dedicated tutors, to offer you personal support, and ensure that you receive the guidance you need, every step of the way, to thrive academically.

Empowering Language Options

Language should never be a barrier to your achievements. That is why we offer the programme in three language modalities: 100% English, 100% Spanish, and bilingual English-Spanish. You can choose the language combination that ensures you excel in your studies, while feeling confident and comfortable.

A thriving community

Community is a large part of any learning experience. We foster a sense of belonging and connection among teachers, students and parents. We do this through a diverse range of virtual activities, including online cafes, cinema sessions, competitions and debates, which make sure you will forge lasting friendships with your faculty and peers.

Cutting-edge technology

A virtual platform, accessible on any device, will allow you to interact in live classes with faculty, collaborate with other students in teams, as well engage in learning experiences such as simulations and laboratories.

In addition, the platform facilitates communication with the entire school community. Parents/guardians will use it to stay informed about your progress, achievements, and daily activities.

Methodology


 

SEK International Schools employ their own, exclusive Future Learning Model, a learning method whose key objective is to develop intelligence and instill values in each of its students.

 

The SEK Future Learning Model:

  • Drives flexible, personalised and collaborative learning, with methodologies and tools adapted to the virtual environment.
  • Encourages critical thinking, real problem solving and entrepreneurship and caters to the current and future needs of students.
  • Allows students to actively take part in their own learning process

 

In the online Diploma Programme, we use the same inquiry, discussion, and competency-based learning approach that characterizes all SEK schools.

Students collaboratively build knowledge under the guidance of faculty, as well as work and interact with peers.

We have integrated the IB teaching guidelines with the SEK Education Group’s competency profile, to create a comprehensive learning model that fosters academic achievements, as well as the student´s holistic development.

 

Curriculum

 


 

The IB Diploma Programme is constructed around six academic areas. Students study a combination of modern languages, humanities, experimental sciences, mathematics and the creative arts. It is this comprehensive range of subjects that makes the Diploma Programme a demanding course of study designed to prepare students effectively for university entrance.

In each of the academic areas, students have flexibility in making their choices, which means they can choose subjects that particularly interest them and that they may wish to study further at university.

In addition to the six academic areas, three core elements—the extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, activity, service—are compulsory and central to the philosophy of the programme.

 

Studies in language and literature offer a broad range of texts, and students grow to appreciate a language’s complexity, wealth and subtleties in a variety of contexts. Students take their studies in a language in which they are competent.

  • Spanish
  • English

Studies in language acquisition focus on the acquisition and use of language in a range of contexts and for different purposes while, at the same time, promoting an understanding of another culture through the study of its language.

  • Language ab initio courses are for beginners; students who have little or no previous experience of learning the language they have chosen.
    • Spanish

 

  • Language B courses are intended for students who have had some previous experience of learning the language.
    • Spanish
    • English

Studies in individuals and societies are designed to foster in students the capacity to identify, to analyze critically and to evaluate theories, concepts and arguments relating to the nature and activities of individuals and societies.

  • Business Management
  • History
  • Environmental Systems and Societies

Studies in sciences allow students to explore the concepts, theories, models and techniques that underpin each subject area and through these develop their understanding of the scientific method. A compulsory project encourages students to appreciate the environmental, social and ethical implications of science, and provides an opportunity for students to explore scientific solutions to global questions.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Studies in mathematics are of two types. Mathematics: analysis and approaches focuses on developing important mathematical concepts in a comprehensible. coherent and rigorous way, with a strong emphasis on the ability to construct, communicate and justify correct mathematical arguments. Mathematics: applications and interpretation focuses on the practical application of mathematics in various real-world contexts, equipping students with the skills to analyse data, interpret mathematical models, and solve problems using mathematical techniques.

  • Analysis and approaches
  • Applications and interpretation

Studies in arts are designed to foster critical, reflective and informed practice, helping students understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts, explore the diversity of arts across time, place and cultures, and express themselves with confidence and competence.

  • Film

All students must complete these three components, over the course of their programme:

  • The Extended Essay, a written independent research project.
  • Theory of Knowledge, a course that explores the nature and sources of knowledge.
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), which encourages students to engage in meaningful activities outside the classroom.

 

SEK Testimonials


Antionio Manuel Suárez (Alumni of Sek – El Castillo. Class of 2015)

  • It was a radical change in my life: I discovered more about myself and had the opportunity to develop my full potential, to form what I consider today to be my second family, not only friends, but also teachers and educators.

Victor Cuevas (Alumni of Sek – El Castillo. Class of 2001)

  • A space for friendship and knowledge. These words define perfectly what my time at SEK has meant.

Mariona Vidal (Alumni of Sek – El Castillo. Class of 2001)

  • The education I received was excellent, but what really treasure are all the practical skills that I have acquired: communication and organisation skills, among others.

Admission Process


No two students are the same. The admissions process seeks in-depth knowledge of the interests and needs of both the student and their family. This way, we offer the best education options for each student.

Places are limited, the admissions process is as follows:

01

Request information via the web, email or telephone.

02

Submission of the required documents.

03

Interview with the Admissions Committee and sitting the corresponding admissions test.

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Final decision of the school’s Admissions Committee.

Frequently asked questions


At the heart of the IB’s mission and strategy is the goal of creating opportunities for a wide variety of students, including those from diverse backgrounds, to participate in IB educational programmes. The IB believes that an online learning model could help make the Diploma Programme more accessible to students. By adopting an online Diploma Programme model, several potential benefits and solutions could be provided for students who require alternative ways of accessing education.
Any student between the ages of 16 and 19 can access this programme, but it is specially designed for those students who:

  • Have been displaced or are refugees.
  • Travel frequently for long periods of time.
  • Have disabilities or face emotional and social challenges.
  • Live in remote areas.
  • Are pursuing their passions in areas like sports, music, or performing arts, and need to attend training sessions.
  • Are home-schooled where permitted by local governments.

In the online IB Diploma Programme students follow the same curriculum that is taught in face-to-face IB World Schools.

During the two years of the diploma programme, students study six subjects of their choice, in the following subject groups:

  • Language and Literature
  • Language Acquisition+
  • Individuals and Societies
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Sixth subject

Within these six groups of subjects, there are Standard Level and Higher Level. Each student has to take three subjects at each level, one from each academic area and a sixth optional subject. In addition to this, diploma students:

  • Write an Extended Essay.. The extended essay is a piece of independent research work directed by the student themselves, which culminates in a 4,000-word essay.
  • They also do a Theory of Knowledge course (TOK), which asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know. It is assessed through a presentation and a 1,600-word essay.
  • Students take part in Creativity, Action and Service (CAS), which allows them to be part of a variety of activities concurrent with the study of academic disciplines. In this way they enhance their personal and interpersonal development through learning through experience.

Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is one of the three essential elements that all students must complete as part of the main section of the Diploma Programme. It includes projects such as: creating artwork, organising sports team workouts, volunteering in the local community, working on charity projects, or learning a new skill. As part of any IB programme, CAS activities are largely carried out independently by the student, guided and supported by a CAS supervisor. At SEK International School Online, our students will be given support in the projects regardless of where they are, and the activities will be carried out and documented in their local environment, to form the evidence of learning for their portfolio.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is an assessment programme for students aged 16-19 that is respected by leading universities around the world.

To move forward in the application process after completing the registration form, the following documents are required:

  • Students’ identification document or passport and that of the parents or legal guardians.
  • Academic requirements: Marks for the current year and completion of the previous academic year and marks for the current academic year if they have them.

SEK International Schools will provide access to any of our schools authorised to offer the DP (including those with boarding) for students to take their final IB exams in person. In case students are unable to travel to one of our SEK schools, we will find an IB World School that will admit students during the exam period.

Our commitment to Diploma Programme assessment ensures that:

  • Our assessment strategies are consistent with the objectives of the course.
  • Student learning is assessed on an ongoing basis, using a variety of methods for both content and skills.
  • Our assessment strategies enable students to be aware of their progress.
  • There are opportunities for students to self-assess and co-assess.
  • We provide marking rubrics and work models as a model of best practices.