Los Cerros International Training

Baccalaureate International

The school is part of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). This academic program offers a greater and more complete preparation to all our students, which gives them the title of International Baccalaureate and the possibility of entering the best universities in the country and the world.

Educational philosophy

The school fully identifies with the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate (IB). Our mission, vision, principles and values reflect the philosophy of the IB in that we aim to produce well-rounded young people, both academically and professionally.

We look for a high sense of responsibility, freedom and an international mentality that allows them, knowing the local and global reality, to be good citizens of the world and become leaders who leave a positive mark on their environment.

Declaration of principles

The International Baccalaureate is a non-profit educational foundation, registered in Switzerland, which offers prestigious international education programs.

Its mission statement is based on creating a better world through education.

Aspects that distinguish the IB

Educational quality of its programs.
International mindset of students.
Positive attitude towards learning.

IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM (PD)

The PD is a rigorous and balanced two-year educational program that culminates in examinations, prepares students for university and adult life and is widely recognized among the world's leading universities.

The IB curriculum is divided into:

  • A common core that includes three core components: Monograph, Theory of Knowledge (ToK) and Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS).
  • Six groups of subjects.

 

SUBJECT GROUPS

  • Group 1: Language and literature studies.
  • Group 2: Language acquisition.
  • Group 3: Individuals and societies.
  • Group 4: Experimental sciences.
  • Group 5: Mathematics.
  • Group 6: Arts.

10 REASONS

Why the IB Diploma Programme (DP) is the ideal preparation for university

1

The IB increases academic opportunities at the best universities in the world.

6

The IB encourages critical thinking.

2

IB students are not only concerned with results, but, through CAS, they learn beyond the classroom.

7

PD students acquire good study habits and effective time management skills.

3

The IB forms autonomous and self-confident students by conducting independent and in-depth research in the monograph.

8

IB students learn to understand conceptually, not just memorize facts or topics.

4

The IB offers an international qualification recognized by universities and employers around the world.

9

PD subjects are not taught in isolation, as TdC encourages students to make connections between them.

5

PD graduates have a global mindset.

10

The PD encourages breadth and depth in learning by offering subjects from all areas of knowledge.

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THE THREE CORE COMPONENTS

THE MONOGRAPHY

It is an independent research paper that ends with a formal and rigorous academic essay of 4000 words.

THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE

It is a critical thinking course in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know.

CAS

It is an experiential learning program in which students engage in creativity, activity and service activities.

EVALUATION IN THE IB DIPLOMA

The IB measures student performance against previously established high standards and not against the work of other students.

It assesses basic and advanced academic skills and promotes international mindedness and cross-cultural understanding.

These are components assessed by the school's teachers and then subjected to a moderation process (verification of the application of the global standards) by the IB. This concludes:

  • Oral papers.
  • Field work.
  • Laboratory work.
  • Research.

Corresponds to the exams that are presented in the month of May, at the end of the two years of the Program.
These are rated by external examiners distributed around the world and guarantee high levels of objectivity and reliability. They include the following:

  • Essays.
  • Structured problems.
  • Long answer questions.
  • Short answer questions.
  • Case study questions.
  • Multiple choice questions.

IB Learning Community Profile

Inquirers
We cultivate curiosity and research. We learn with enthusiasm and maintain this eagerness to learn throughout life.
Informed and educated
We develop our conceptual understanding by exploring knowledge in a variety of disciplines. We engage with ideas and issues of local and global importance.
Thinkers
We use critical and creative thinking to analyze and proceed responsibly in the face of complex problems. We act on our own initiative in making reasoned and ethical decisions.
Good communicators
We express ourselves confidently and creatively in a variety of languages and ways. We listen attentively to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
Integros
We act with integrity, honesty, fairness, justice and respect for people's dignity. We assume responsibility for our own actions and their consequences.
Open-minded
We develop a critical appreciation of our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others.
Solidarity
We show empathy, sensitivity and respect for others. We seek to positively influence the lives of people and the world around us.

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UNIVERSITY RECOGNITION

Marlyn McGrath Lewis.Deputy Dean of the Office of Admissions Harvard University (United States)
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UNIVERSITY RECOGNITION "The IB is known for the excellent preparation it provides. There is a correlation between good results in the IB Diploma Programme and academic success at Harvard, and we are always pleased to see the IB Diploma Programme seal on students' transcripts."
John A. SpinksAdvisor to the Chancellor of Hong University (Hong Kong)
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"We highly value the learning of IB students in the Diploma Programme. Over the years that I have been responsible for admissions at the University of Hong Kong, I have personally seen that they are not only knowledgeable in their disciplinary areas, but, they also display levels of communication, thinking skills and breadth of knowledge that prepare them very well for tertiary education and later life."
Hrilin LockUndergraduate Admissions Manager London School of Economics (United Kingdom)
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"Diploma Program students are well-rounded, multi-skilled, multi-faceted individuals who have done in-depth studies and are very organized with their time. They achieve higher grades than students in other national education systems, and the IB assessment is governed by the same parameters worldwide."

ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS

Andrés Felipe Fajardo RamírezClass of 2012 Economics and Philosophy at NYU
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"The IB helped me to homologate 32 credits out of a total of 128 that I need to graduate from NYU. With this I could graduate in three years instead of four. However, I prefer to include Philosophy as a second program. I feel that I am as well prepared as the best in the world.
Sammy PavaClass of 2014 Computer Engineering at Hillsborough College of Tampa, Florida
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The IB did work for me, because they validated 28 credits, which is more or less 2 semesters and more or less 10 thousand dollars. I didn't believe it, but it did!
Óscar Peña CabraPromotion 2001 Monbukagakusho Scholarship from the Government of Japan and First HangOut with President Juan Manuel Santos: "8 Colombians who are changing the world
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"The IB program gives a good idea of the international standards of secondary education. It increases the student's self-esteem since it qualifies one as a good high school graduate regardless of nationality. In addition, the diploma had a positive influence in obtaining the "Monbukagakusho" scholarship to study in Japan."