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During the last two years of High School, the Metropolitan School of Panama is proud to offer the IB Diploma Programme as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. This international curricular framework for students in Grades 11 and 12 is the gold standard in global education. It builds upon the IB Middle Years Programme and well prepares students for university and life as a global citizen.
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The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year, academically challenging, and balanced program for students in Grades 11 and 12 at the MET that prepares students for success in university and life beyond. The program is so successful that it’s recognized by top universities around the world for its holistic approach and all-around development of the student, alongside its academic rigor and excellent university preparation. IBDP students are frequently given preferences in admissions by top ranking universities.

The IB Diploma Programme is made up of three DP core elements and six subject groups that students may study at a higher level (HL) or standard level (SL).

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Each group has different courses, and students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5 to ensure a breadth of experience across languages, individuals and societies, and the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth course may be in the arts subject group, or the student may opt to take an additional course in one of the other subject groups, instead.

Students must take at least three courses at higher level and the remaining at standard level. These levels differ in scope but are measured with the same grade descriptors.

The Diploma Programme’s six subject groups are:
  • Studies in language and literature
  • Language acquisition
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The arts
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In addition to the subject groups, the Diploma Programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and to challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding.

  • The Extended Essay (EE) is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they’re studying.
  • Theory of Knowledge (ToK) is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language, and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical, and historical).
  • Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requires students to actively learn from the experience of doing real service tasks that create a positive impact in a community beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.
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