Why studying for the IB at Agora International School Andorra makes a difference.
The International Baccalaureate® (English acronym IB) offers a forward-thinking educational model that undoubtedly makes a difference. What are the advantages of studying for the IB at Agora International School Andorra?
The International Baccalaureate® is a two-year, pre-university course aimed at students aged from 16 to 19 years old. IB courses are academically rigorous and are taught in three languages: English, French and Spanish. Agora International School Andorra is authorised to teach the IB’s Diploma Programme and is a recognised IB World School, and all our IB courses are set up in accordance with the IB network’s stringent regulations (more information). The schools that are invited to form part of this prestigious group are required to be research-focused, innovative, creative and to be proactive in seeking continual improvement; our IB students are committed to achieving success for themselves and for the future of the world that surrounds them.
The main objective of the IB is to educate students to be compassionate, curious, intellectually engaged and equipped with the tools that they need to play an active role in building a better world based on greater understanding, inclusivity and respect.
Advantages of the IB
One of the main benefits of studying for the IB is that it is a highly renowned qualification that is universally accepted at top universities worldwide. In other words, it gives students the opportunity to achieve academic success anywhere in the world and become global citizens, capable of facilitating change at an international level. This is why the IB is considered to be an innovative and forward-thinking educational model, enabling students to focus on developing key competencies, and not only to achieve academic success, but to acquire the personal and professional skills necessary to achieve their goals in an international context.
Achieving these goals necessitates a demanding programme, not only for students, but for the entire educational community put in place to support them along this journey. Training and evaluation of the teaching staff delivering the IB courses is subject to rigorous criteria; IB teachers participate in high-quality professional training, and are involved in delivering innovative educational programmes, using cutting-edge teaching methodologies that are recognised worldwide. To facilitate continuous teacher training, and to stay abreast of the most recent advances in educational theory and practice, teachers participate in programmes such as Learning Coaches, (designed to provide mutual professional support in the quest for academic excellence), and training workshops on topics such as emotional intelligence, effective use of new technologies and classroom management. Teachers also participate in the Globeducate Platinum Standard continuous improvement project, which involves a process of evaluation, support and improvement to ensure that the highest standards of teaching and learning are maintained.
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- Critical Thinking: students are encouraged to become independent, life-long learners.
- IB students get the opportunity to study at some of the world’s most prestigious universities.
- A multi-cultural, multi-lingual
- The ability to communicate in different languages, facilitating better interaction with the global community.
The philosopher Diogenes was considered to be humanity’s first global citizen, answering when questioned, “I am a citizen of the world” (more information). The IB allows us to prepare our pupils to become global citizens, ready for an international future without limits or barriers.
How do our IB students learn?
The ability to think critically is essential to academic progress during the IB programme; students are encouraged to question everything, to be intellectually curious, and to develop the capacity for rational, critical and analytical thought.
IB students are expected to work hard, and generally make excellent academic progress, actively participating in class, taking responsibility for their learning and unafraid of taking intellectual risks; all transferable skills that help to prepare them for the future. They do not travel this path alone; students work hand in hand with highly trained teachers who act as mentors to bring out the best in each individual, taking account of their individual preferences and needs. Teaching methodologies include project work, individual tutorials, research, critical thinking and problem solving, all supported by innovative technology, allowing us to offer our senior students a really dynamic and exciting learning experience.
The Director of Agora International School Andorra, Ms Clara Pintat, describes the core principles upon which our pursuit of educational excellence is based: “we embrace the best educational programmes, resources and methodologies to facilitate effective learning. We prepare our pupils for a global future by ensuring they have an excellent command of English, Spanish and French, an education in Catalan, and a solid foundation in values such as respect and tolerance, a sense of responsibility and social commitment, and a desire to work hard and strive for excellence.”. The International Baccalaureate® also adopts these core principles, making our school an excellent choice for your child’s future.