On the occasion of the opening of the first year of Baccalaureate and the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Organization’s “Diploma Programme”, we organized a conference on October 8th to present the course by Maripé Menéndez, IB Regional Manager for IBERIA and manager of Development and Recognition of International Baccalaureate.
She, more informed than anyone else, told us firsthand the advantages of the Diploma Programme that our students are enrolled in this year and resolved the doubts of parents, especially the “fake news” or false beliefs that they have about this system:
International Baccalaureate is an educational system for High School. False!!!
International Baccalaureate offers programmes for Pre-School and Primary, Secondary and Baccalaureate.
International Baccalaureate is taught in English. False!!!
International Baccalaureate is taught in English, French or Spanish, and each student chooses the language in which they take their exams. In the 2019-20 academic year, all subjects at Yago are taught in Spanish with the exception of foreign language, which is in English. Students who wish to obtain the bilingual programme may also take other subjects in English.
International Baccalaureate is only for students who want to study abroad. False!!!
Spanish Baccalaureate gives access to university in Spain or anywhere else in the world. In many communities, (Madrid, Valencia, Castilla la Mancha, Aragon, La Rioja and the Canary Islands) it is completely valid and it is not necessary for students to take the PeVau. In others, such as Andalusia, the grade of the Diploma Program validates the general part and students only have to take the two or three specific subjects of the PeVau. Statistically, an IB student improves the PeVau exam marks while those from the Spanish system lower their average.
International Baccalaureate does not give access to degrees with very high grades. False!!!
The International Baccalaureate validation system is very positive because it recognizes the contrasting and standardized efforts of students in the IB world. Therefore, it is positive both for brilliant students and for students with other abilities who learn better without a tremendous memory.
International Baccalaureate is very hard. False!!!
International Baccalaureate focuses on process and not just content, therefore the student is able to relate concepts and knows how to apply theory, internalizing content better and giving it meaning. If the student is constant and knows how to organize and work, he or she will be very successful without maximum difficulty.
Finally, it should be noted that Yago School is the only private school that offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme alongside the Spanish Baccalaureate qualification, as does the Public Institute of Seville, Martínez Montañés. Therefore, access to Spanish universities, and specifically to Andalusian universities, is guaranteed by either of the two routes.
If you need information about our Baccalaureate, do not hesitate to contact us.