IB School Portugal (close to Lisbon) | St. Peter’s International School

The IB Diploma Programme is a programme taught in English which prepares students for higher education and professional life. Find out more!

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The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education that prepares students aged 16 to 19, in grades 11 and 12, for success at university and life beyond. Taught entirely in English, it is structured in such a way that it develops the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students.

The Diploma Programme, which is a valid alternative to the Portuguese Secondary School Diploma, prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society and has gained recognition and respect from the world's leading universities. The programme has been designed to incorporate elements of various national educational systems without being based on any one particular system. As such, IB students are able to transfer from one IB school to another, although the two years of the IB DP should be completed in the same school.

The International Baccalaureate Organization (known as the IBO) offers a challenging educational programme for a worldwide community of schools, to create a better, more peaceful world. It is the IB's objective is to provide students with values, opportunities and experiences that will enable to them to contribute to the global community.

In order to do this, the IB DP develops students physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically, allowing them to acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding. It also helps students to develop the skills and perspective toward learning that will prepare them for higher education.

The IB DP students study subjects spanning a variety of areas, including the study of at least two languages, traditional academic disciplines including Mathematics, Experimental Sciences, Individuals and Societies and the Arts.
The programme also includes three additional core areas: Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and Extended Essay (EE).

Students must carry out six subjects as well as the three core elements (TOK, CAS, EE).
At the beginning of the DP, students choose their subjects, which must include 3 at Higher Level (HL) and 3 at Standard Level (SL).

Students must choose subjects from groups 1, 2 and 5. They may choose one or two subjects from groups 3 and 4, making a total of six subjects. Students will also attend sessions in Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity Activity and Service (CAS) and Extended Essay (EE).

In this way, student may explore some subjects in more depth and others more generally. IB students therefore have access to a more rounded education system, although they may still specialize in certain subject areas. For example, a more science-oriented student will still be challenged to learn a social science.

At the end of the IB DP course, students must achieve a minimum total of 24 out of 45 points in order to successfully complete the programme.

The subjects currently being offered at our IB School St. Peter’s International School are:

Group 1: Language A - Portuguese A (HL / SL) or English A (HL / SL)

Groups 2: Language B
- English B (HL / SL) or Portuguese B (SL only)

Group 3: Individuals and Societies: (choose 1 or 2)
- History (HL / SL)
- Economics (HL / SL)
- Environmental Systems and Societies (SL only)

Group 4: Experimental Sciences: (choose 1 or 2)
- Biology (HL / SL)
- Chemistry (HL / SL)
- Physics (HL / SL)
- Computer Science (HL / SL)

Group 5: Mathematics:
- Mathematical Studies (SL only)
- Mathematics SL
- Mathematics HL