Baccalaureate at Yago School in Seville

Yago School is part of the exclusive IB World Schools

Yago School has the advantage of being the Sevillian school with the widest educational offer at the Baccalaureate stage. Studying the International Baccalaureate in Seville is a magnificent opportunity and Yago School offers not only this option, but also two others, making it the school with the best quality educational offer.

Our Baccalaureate is unique and exclusive, a demanding educational project with a clear international seal endorsed by the International Baccalaureate Organization and by the American accrediting body Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

WASC Senior College is a prestigious international agency that evaluates the quality of universities and colleges around the world. In fact, institutions such as Berkeley and Stanford, two of the top ten universities in the world, have this accreditation, which helps develop and maintain sustainable academic programs, ensuring high standards of quality and effectiveness.

For more information, visit https://www.acswasc.org/ 

Our students can choose between three options:

1. To study for the International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma Program.

2. To study for the Yago + Spanish Baccalaureate

3. To study the Integrated Baccalaureate (Dual Diploma: IB + Spanish)

 

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1. International Baccalaureate at Yago School: International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

Our school, a world school of the International Baccalaureate in Seville, consolidates itself as an extraordinary and competitive school with an international teaching model that integrates internationally recognized pedagogies and learning strategies.

This educational system helps students grow in the values and knowledge essential to live and develop professionally in the society of the 21st century.

At Yago School, we have developed an excellent International Baccalaureate program, based on innovative methodologies and precise assessment methods, and we are authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to teach the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and to be part of the exclusive IB World Schools committed to the formation of caring, informed and knowledge-hungry young people.

“For our students, obtaining the IB Diploma means a leap into the world”.

Ms Domínguez, Secondary 4, Baccalaureate & IB Coordinator

International Baccalaureate: International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

The IB Diploma Programme (International Baccalaureate) offers excellent preparation for university and adult life, provides a balanced educational offering by instilling in students a very positive attitude towards learning, fosters an international mindset and emphasizes their physical, intellectual, emotional, and ethical development.

In addition, it includes an external evaluation system, which is widely recognized by leading universities in Spain and around the world.

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), a Swiss-based non-profit educational foundation founded in 1968, emphasizes critical thinking, the stimulation of intercultural understanding and the promotion of tolerance among young people. It offers a complete curriculum for the last two years of study before university entrance that is recognized by universities worldwide: the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

In addition, the IBO offers a wide range of services: curriculum development and assessment systems, professional training for teachers and research on issues related to international education.

The IB Diploma Program is an international, rigorous, and balanced educational program that prepares students for an international education at the university level and on to their adult lives.

For more information, visit www.ibo.org

What does the IB Diploma Program consist of?

It consists of a real two-year university preparation course, with an external examination, common to all IB students worldwide and subject to worldwide standardized assessment.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme curriculum consists of a core part common to all Diploma Programme students and six subject groups.

The three core and common components, or subjects, of the Diploma Programme aim to broaden the educational experience of students and motivate them to put their knowledge and skills into practice.

  • Theory of Knowledge: critical reflection with a philosophical basis
  • CAS (Creativity, Action and Service): activities and projects related to the aforementioned areas
  • Extended essay: a 4,000-word essay on a topic they are interested in researching

The six subject groups that make up the IB Diploma Program are:

  • GROUP 1. Language and Literature Studies.
  • GROUP 2. Language Acquisition
  • GROUP 3. Individuals and Societies
  • GROUP 4. Science
  • GROUP 5. Mathematics
  • GROUP 6. Art

Yago School expands the optional subjects by offering students the possibility of taking some subjects online, with the support of a teacher from school; this favors the development of personal autonomy, time management, and responsibility.

The online subjects that can be taken through the PAMOJA platform are:

Choice of subjects in the Diploma Program

Students in the Diploma Program choose one subject from each of the first five subject groups in addition to either an Art subject from Group 6 or a second subject they may choose from Groups 3 or 4.

Students must take three subjects (and a maximum of four) at Higher Level (NS) and another three (or two) at Middle Level (NM). The level of the subjects is determined by the breadth of knowledge and skills covered.  Both are assessed with the same grades, except that Higher Level students must demonstrate a broader range of knowledge, understanding, and skills.

Intermediate Level subjects are equivalent to 150 hours of study, while Higher Level subjects comprise 240 hours of study.

What is the IB student profile?

IB students are young people between the ages of 16 and 19 with myriad abilities and social, international, and environmental commitments that go beyond mere academic success. At Yago School we help students learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.

“Passing the IB Diploma will give your children the tool to access the best universities around the world, including the network of public and private universities in Spain”.

Ms. Monique, IB teacher & University Counselor

It is our goal to develop students with the following attributes:

  • Inquirers: We cultivate students’ curiosity and develop their skills of inquiry, investigation and lifelong learning.
  • Informed and literate: We develop their conceptual understanding, exploring different areas of knowledge and engaging with ideas of local and global importance.
  • Thinkers: Critical and creative thinking skills are enhanced to analyze complex problems and make reasoned and ethical decisions.
  • Good communicators: Active listening to other people’s perspectives and expressing themselves confidently and creatively in their own and other foreign languages are practiced.
  • Integrity: We must act with integrity and honesty, fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere.
  • Open-minded: We develop a critical appreciation of our cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We learn from experience and consider different points of view.
  • Caring: We show empathy, sensitivity and respect. We help others and contribute to creating a better world.
  • Bold: We work autonomously and collaboratively exploring innovative ideas. We encourage ingenuity and resilience in the face of adversity, change or challenge.
  • Balanced: We recognize our dependence on others and the world around us and are balanced physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • Reflective: We evaluate the world, our ideas and experiences, understanding our strengths and weaknesses to contribute to personal learning and development.

An International Baccalaureate in several languages

If we must highlight a feature that defines the international character of Yago School’s baccalaureate, it is the importance we give to English as the core language, and to Chinese and French as second global languages. These are our hallmarks, thanks to which we have become an examination center for Cambridge and the Confucius Institute, and we have also begun to prepare for the DELF-DALF French exams. Few private schools or institutes can certify a B1 level in Primary 6, a B2 in Secondary 2, and a C1 level (Certificate of Advanced English) or C2 (Proficiency) in Secondary 4 by the University of Cambridge, as well as a B1-B2 level in Chinese, and a B1 in French: this is an unbeatable passport to study and live in the interconnected and globalized world of the 21st century.

All students reach baccalaureate with great communicative ability in several languages, which allows them to make better use of the languages worked on in all subjects. 

In Baccalaureate, we offer a wide variety of subjects in English, which allows our students to continue with their heavy course load in English and also allows international students who want to come to Seville to complete their studies prior to university entrance; this explains the high percentage of students of different nationalities at this stage.

Benefits of studying the International Baccalaureate at Yago School

When it comes to our children’s education, we want to offer them the best for their future, we want them to have all the opportunities within their reach and we want them to be able to achieve everything they set their minds to. The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a good key to open all those doors.

The IB at Yago School has numerous advantages and benefits:

  • It provides a prestigious education. The IB is the most demanding, valued and recognized educational program worldwide. It is endorsed and accepted by the world’s leading universities.

  • It provides objective assessment. To provide students with the most objective and impartial assessment methods, the IB has a two-phase verification system. Students’ work is checked not only by school teachers, but also by external examiners who adhere to the special assessment guidelines developed by the IB.

  • It provides scholarships. International universities often offer special scholarships and grants, as well as discounts for IB graduates.

  • English exam courses taken at the IB are recognized as language certificates (in lieu of IELTS / TOEFL) during the admissions process; another language studied at a higher level (HL) may also be accepted by the university admissions committee as a substitute for a language certificate.

  • Credits can be transferred from IB programs

  • It offers students greater adaptability and mobility: The IB program offers the opportunity to succeed anywhere in the world, and to achieve their goals in an international context.

  • It develops students’ critical thinking: Through our school’s IB program, we encourage students to be active, creative and community-minded, and we encourage them to be reflective and independent thinkers.

  • Students acquire the ability to communicate effectively with people from different cultures and countries: Studying the IB program provides students with enormous cultural richness.

  • The IB program provides a sense of identity and awareness of one’s own culture and that of others, fostering development, respect and tolerance. From the school we provide them with the tools and develop the necessary skills to be able to successfully face the challenges of this globalized world.

“We form students who will be ready to face their future successfully and contribute to creating a better world”.

Ms. Monique, University and Counselling Guidance

Universities anywhere in the world

The IB program has a high level of demand that provides excellent results, to the point that there are studies that indicate that Diploma Program students enter university and higher education at a higher rate than students who do not take this program.

Each year, more than 5,000 universities in over 100 countries receive applications for admission and final transcripts from IB students.

IB graduates have the potential to be self-motivated leaders who can contribute to a university’s overall academic prestige and internationalization strategy. To attract IB students, universities recognize IB PD, PD courses, POP certificates and PAI certificates, where applicable.

The IB is currently creating an online database that will contain the recognition policies of universities around the world; the IB intends to launch this new resource in 2022. In the meantime, we recommend contacting students’ chosen universities to find out how they recognize IB programs.

Scholarships

International universities often offer special scholarships and grants, as well as discounts for IB graduates.

English exam courses taken at the IB are recognized as language certificates (instead of IELTS / TOEFL) during the admissions process; another language studied at a higher level (HL) may also be accepted by the university admissions committee as a substitute for a language certificate;

Finally, credits can also be transferred from IB programs.

Universities in Spain

The IB International Baccalaureate Diploma is recognized by universities as equivalent to the Spanish Baccalaureate and is fully valid for admission and qualification processes for undergraduate degrees.

Although Spanish universities do not require a minimum grade for admission, there are not enough places available for most undergraduate degrees to cover the demand for applications. For this reason, the universities allocate the places offered for a given degree in order of the highest to the lowest entrance grade of the applicants. The entrance grade of the student to whom the last place is assigned marks the cut-off grade. These cut-off marks vary slightly each year, but they give an idea of the minimum qualification required to gain access to a certain degree.

In Andalusia, the maximum university entrance score that can be obtained with the average grade of the international baccalaureate is 10 points; however, there are many degrees whose entrance grade is higher than this score.

Therefore, in order to raise the access grade, students can take the exams of the Specific Voluntary Phase of the Baccalaureate Evaluation Tests for University Access (EvAU). The completion of these exams allows to increase the grade up to four points and therefore increase the chances of admission in careers with high demand for places.

To obtain the four additional points of the PCE, the student currently has three options:

1) To take the PCE exams with subjects from the Spanish baccalaureate 

2) To apply for recognition of the IB subjects without the need to take the PCE exams (according to the equivalency table)

3) To take the PCE exams and also apply for the recognition of IB subjects. In the latter case, only the option in which the grade is more beneficial for the student will be taken into account. In other words, if I take the “Math II” exam and also apply for “High Level Math” recognition, I will be awarded the higher of the two grades. This option is perhaps the most advantageous.

In the example explained above, if our student had chosen the third option, and decides to take two subjects in the PCE, Mathematics II and Physics, obtaining respectively a 10 and a 7.8, the UNED would take the 10 obtained in the PCE of Mathematics II and the 8 obtained with the recognition of the IB subject Physics NM for its accreditation. Thus, instead of adding 3.2 points, it would add 3.6 points (0.2×10 of Mathematics II and 0.2×8 of Physics NM), resulting in a final access grade of 11.6 points.

Spanish Baccalaureate Yago +

Yago School offers the option of taking the Spanish Curriculum Baccalaureate governed by the LOMCE Law and complementing it with the core components of the International Baccalaureate or the International Baccalaureate or Core Subjects.

This IB core aims to broaden students’ educational experience and encourage them to apply their knowledge and skills.

Successful completion of these Core Subjects, which consist of Extended Essay and CAS (Creativity, Action and Service), is credited with an Official Certificate.

This added value is a “business card” when applying to prestigious and renowned universities worldwide.

With the Extended Essay, you are credited with having successfully worked on high-level research and writing skills, as well as intellectual discovery and creativity, as an authentic learning experience.

Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) credits the contribution and effort made by students to contribute to creating a better and more peaceful world, within the framework of mutual understanding and intercultural respect.

“We form students who will be ready to face their future with success and contribute to create a better world”.

Mr Resa, Headmaster Yago School

Advantages of studying the Spanish Baccalaureate Yago+

With the Spanish Baccalaureate, students will be able to apply to both Spanish and global universities with the Spanish curriculum, plus the added value of the Core Subjects (Extended Essay and CAS) that will serve as an indisputable “business card” when applying to prestigious and renowned universities worldwide.

Universities benefit from the admission of students who have completed the Spanish Baccalaureate Yago + because these students have the added value of developing the expanded knowledge in this IB core by broadening the students’ educational experience and stimulating them to apply their knowledge and skills. And thereby pursue success throughout their university careers.

Según el IB, los alumnos que han cursado CAS y Monografía son fuertes en actividades de liderazgo estudiantil así como trabajar con el profesorado de la universidad en proyectos de investigación. También les da herramientas para impulsar iniciativas en servicios voluntarios y comunitarios en el futuro.

Con Yago + el alumno tendrá oportunidades en instituciones y muchas universidades que desarrollan políticas de reconocimiento y que dejan claro cómo los alumnos que poseen acreditación de los Core Subjects del BI son alumnos muy apreciados por su valor añadido.

An ideal baccalaureate degree for any Spanish university.

This option gives the possibility of applying to any public or private Spanish university just like any student in the Spanish educational system would do. In many private Spanish universities, you have to go through an exhaustive selection process, and in this process different skills are valued; our students with Yago+ are highly prepared for having developed two years of strong communication skills. In addition, having completed the Core Subjects (CAS and Extended Essay) is an added value for the host university, as it demonstrates that students are strong in student leadership activities, research work, and experience in promoting volunteer and community service initiatives.

Integrated Baccalaureate (Dual Degree)

With the Integrated Baccalaureate, the student will complete the two years of baccalaureate with two degrees: the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the accreditation of having passed the Spanish Baccalaureate and having passed the “Selectividad” test.

The student will be able to apply to Spanish and global universities with both degrees.

In the case of applying to a Spanish university, he/she will be able to accredit his/her baccalaureate with both the Spanish and the International Baccalaureate, having the advantage of being able to access with the highest grade of the two. Studying International Baccalaureate teaches students to discuss global issues, to think critically and independently, and to be creative problem solvers.

If you apply to a global university, the International Baccalaureate will serve as an indisputable “business card” when applying to prestigious and renowned universities worldwide.

At foreign universities, students with an IB diploma can apply directly to many universities around the world without the need to attend preparatory courses, which are usually required of international applicants. IB graduates have the opportunity to apply to the most prestigious universities in the world, such as the Ivy League universities, MIT, Oxford, Sorbonne, Humboldt University Berlin, and many others.

Advantages of studying the Integrated Baccalaureate at Yago School

Universities benefit from admitting students with the two programs in a number of ways, as the IB programs, along with the Spanish curriculum, prove the knowledge, skills and dispositions students need to succeed throughout their university careers.

As a result of their time in the IB, students develop time management skills and a strong sense of self-motivation, a keen interest in civic engagement, and outstanding academic ability; they also have strong research, writing, and critical thinking skills from an international perspective. 

Integrated Baccalaureate students are more likely than their peers to complete their undergraduate degrees and pursue graduate work and they are more likely to participate in various aspects of university life. 

A much wider range of opportunities is open to them, as many universities in Spain and around the world develop policies to recognize this dual curriculum.

Study a career anywhere in the world

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Students with an IB diploma can apply directly to many universities around the world without the need to attend preparation courses, which are usually required of international applicants. IB graduates have the opportunity to apply to the most prestigious universities in the world: Ivy League universities, MIT, Oxford, the Sorbonne, Humboldt University Berlin, and many others. 

Most international universities develop recognition policies that make it clear that IB students have a better chance at getting into their schools because of their great education.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Which universities can my child attend after completing the International Baccalaureate?

Both international universities and Spanish universities.

International universities. Students with an IB diploma can apply directly to many universities around the world without the need to attend preparation courses, which are usually required of international applicants. IB graduates have the opportunity to apply to the most prestigious universities in the world, such as Ivy League universities, MIT, Oxford, Sorbonne, Humboldt University Berlin, and many others.

The IB is useful not only for students who decide to apply to an international university, but also to Spanish universities; studying at an International Baccalaureate teaches students to discuss global issues, to think critically and independently, and to be creative problem solvers, which adds great value to the student’s learning. 

Are there college counselors at Yago so that my child has a clear future?

Yago School has a University and Career Counseling department led by Ms. Monique García, IB teacher & University Counsellor. She is a great professional with extensive experience in this type of counseling. 

Students from Secondary and Baccalaureate receive college and career counseling. We cooperate with Maia Learning, a college and career planning resource that assists us in students’ career development, conducting self-assessments and guiding them towards college plans and careers in which they can thrive.

We continually conduct college visits, receive speakers who talk to them and guide them about their college future, and the possibilities they have, always to make the best choice that best suits their profile.

Do students in the Spanish Baccalaureate continue to learn English, Chinese, or French?

Spanish Baccalaureate students can choose French as a second language or Chinese as a complementary subject. They also receive complementary subjects that are not on the EvAu (Selectividad) exams in English.

At present, IB educational programs are offered in three languages: English, French, and Spanish. Yago School offers the possibility of providing teaching and assessment services in Spanish and a wide range of subjects in English. We receive many international students who demand this type of curriculum.

Students can choose the language subjects English A, English B, Spanish A: Spanish Language and Literature, and in the language acquisition group French, English A, Spanish B or Chinese, since our students take Chinese starting at age two.

What if my child does not adapt to the level or changes his/her mind about what he/she wants to study?

Yago School advises students to take the path that best suits them, taking into account the student’s profile, his/her degree of commitment, and what his/her preferences are when choosing a degree. For this reason, we do an exhaustive follow-up throughout the two years and accompany them at all times, guiding them and suggesting what best suits them. This means that the student can decide to change their itinerary at any time and we will advise him/her and facilitate the transition as much as possible.

Guidance and attention to parents

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Yago School has different channels of communication School-Family, essential for the development of the teaching activity.

TUTORIALS. We have a schedule of teacher availability and a team of psychologists specialized in therapeutic pedagogy and speech therapy for meetings or tutorials. Tutors offer personal, emotional, social, and academic information about each of their students at least once a trimester on a mandatory basis.

We also offer a PARENT SCHOOL during the school year that deals with appropriate topics of interest for each of the stages of student development.

The digital platform EDUCAMOS offers all kinds of academic information, schedules, tutorials, extracurricular activities, routes, circulars, and notices in an agile, comfortable, fast and efficient way.

Likewise, Yago School students have a SCHOOL JOURNAL for their personal organization. 

The YAGO ONLINE SITE, which can be accessed through our website, is a space where parents have access to various useful tools:

Testimonials from parents

“It is the best decision I have made. My son has taken the International Baccalaureate and I have seen how well he has worked during these years. It has been an enriching and practical education, which brings him much closer to reality and away from the traditional method.”

“I see that my son is not having problems at university, and that he is prepared to face and overcome great challenges without any problem. I have no doubt that the Baccalaureate at Yago School has been the key to his success.”

“If I had another child, I would repeat the experience. My daughter has done her best in the  IB and I recognize that the results have been great. We are happy with the decision and she is now demonstrating everything she is capable of.”

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