Diploma Years



Knightsbridge Schools International Panama is proud to be an authorised International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme school, thus offering our students an opportunity to graduate with a diploma that opens many doors. The International Baccalaureate (IB), and the Diploma Programme (DP) in particular, enjoys a high level of respect and recognition among the world’s higher education institutions. For students, success in the IB often results in advanced standing, course credit, scholarships, and other admissions related benefits at many universities. 

Established in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) was the first programme offered by the IB and is taught to students aged 16-19. As of 22 May 2015, there are 2,795 schools offering the DP, in 143 different countries worldwide.

IB Objectives

The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

The IB Learner Profile

The International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. 

They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them. 

Each of the IB’s programmes is committed to the development of students according to the IB leaner profile. 

The profile aims to develop students who are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

DP Curriculum 

The curriculum is made up of the DP core and six subject groups.

The three core elements are:

  • Theory of Knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know.  
  • Extended Essay, which is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word essay.  
  • Creativity, Activity, Service, in which students complete a project related to those three concepts.

The six subject groups are:

Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts.

Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level. 

Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.

Diploma Programme at the KSIP 

All KSI Panama students can enroll in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) provided that they meet the minimum academic requirements. Grades 9 and 10 are treated as Pre-DP grades, which means that students will have an opportunity to start gaining the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful start and completion of their IB DP courses in Grades 11 and 12, and students and parents are encouraged to contact the DP Coordinator, Ms. Nena Nikolic at n.nikolic@ksi-panama.com for further information.  


NOTE: It is possible that not all of the above courses will be offered every year. The final list of courses to be offered is subject to enrollment and scheduling.  

Online Courses

In case a student wishes to take a course that is not offered by our school, they have an option to do so via http://www.pamojaeducation.com/. In addition to the regular courses, students could also choose to write their Extended Essay in the subject taken via Pamoja. For any further information regarding the conditions and prices of the online courses please contact the Site-based Supervisor, Mrs. Rada Jordanovic at r.jordanovic@ksi-panama.com

One-year Courses

As stipulated in the Handbook of procedures, the anticipated (A) category is for candidates completing the diploma and taking one or two standard level (SL) subjects after the first year of the programme. An anticipated session normally counts as one of the three possible sessions in which to achieve the diploma. Any subject at standard level may be taken as an anticipated subject except languages ab initio and pilot subjects. An anticipated candidate cannot register for the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge (TOK), or Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS).

Any SL subject students choose, except the ones outlined in the previous paragraph, can be taken as an anticipated (one-year) course, subject to availability and/or scheduling. If the regular scheduling does not allow for this option, students can opt for additional after school classes to make up the mandatory number of DP required classes (150 hours). In this case, any slots scheduled for the respective subject in the following year, would be used as study hall for those students. 

This option is subject to enrolment and scheduling, and will be decided on a case by case basis.

IB Recognition Library

DP Language Benchmarking