The Diploma Programme - DP is implemented in year 12 and year 13 and its work is based on the concept of progressive pedagogical currents, as well the conviction the society can be built and positively impacted through an education focused on concepts, ideas and questions that transcend disciplinary, cultural and geographical limits. The objective of DP is to offer students a truly international education, which is an education that encourages understanding and appreciation of other cultures, languages and points of view.
What is the curricular structure?
The curriculum has a disciplinary nature and is formed of six groups of subjects and three core components.The groups of subjects are:
- Studies in language and literature
- Language acquisition
- Individuals and societies
- The arts
These groups are composed of various courses that provide flexibility to cover the national plans. The common core has three components:
- Theory of Knowledge: where students reflect about knowledge.
- Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS): students develop a project that involves community service activities.
- Monograph: Independent research developed by students who will take the exams to obtain the IB Diploma*.
IB Diploma evaluation
There are two types of evaluation: internal and external.The internal evaluation includes oral works, field works, laboratory works, research, representations and tasks. This variety of evaluative strategies is prt of the teaching and learning system of our school and therefore, it is complemented with the evaluative objectives of the national programs. The external evaluation considers the fact that in most of the courses there are final written exams that constitute the basis of the evaluation, which is added to the internal tasks. Students obtain marks from 1 to 7. At St. John’s, all students take English exams for which they obtain a certification in the language. In addition, according to the current protocol, 20 students are financed by the school to complete the IB Diploma certification and the other students can complete their certification by taking two more courses from the Language and Literature Studies Group. It should be noted that all students who obtain IB Diploma can apply to foreign universities based on this. In addition, the Chilean universities have open course per career to enter via special admission.