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KSI Panama is proud to be an IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and Diploma Programme

KSI Panama provides an international education to learners aged 2 - 18 years. The school is an IB World School offers the IB programmes as the core educational curriculum. It also offers the Panamanian Ministry of Education Science Diploma to all qualifying graduates. KSI Panama is accredited by COGNIA.

At KSI Panama we strive to provide all our learners with a balanced, relevant, engaging and differentiated education to ensure the success of all our students. We support the development of independent lifelong learners. Our teachers seek to instil in learners attitudes of confidence and achievement, which when combined with a rigorous academic curriculum, opportunities for sports and artistic self-expression prepares learners to graduate to the most respected universities in the world.

KSI Panama is an IB world school authorized in the IB Primary Years Programme and IB Diploma Programme.

  • Primary Years Programme (IB PYP)  
  • Diploma Years Programme (IB DP) 

The International Baccalaureate is highly regarded in the international community and respected by leading universities. The International Baccalaureate:

  • encourages students of all ages to think critically and challenge assumptions
  • encourages students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
  • develops multilingual students

The programme encourages both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and take their learning beyond academic studies, being active in their communities.

Language

English is the language of instruction, with Spanish as a second language. We have traditional language lessons but also integrate technology and language learning with the use of immersive language programmes.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP)

What is the PYP?

The PYP is designed for students aged 3 to 12

It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside

It is a framework guided by six interdisciplinary themes of global significance

Themes are explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas

What are the six subject areas identified within the PYP?

  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Arts (Music, Drama & Visual)
  • Personal, Social and Physical Education

What are the six transdisciplinary themes of the PYP?

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organise ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

The themes allow teachers to incorporate local and global issues into the units of inquiry and support children’s learning outside of the confines of learning within just subject areas.

Each theme or Unit of Inquiry lasts approximately 6 weeks for Years 1 through 6 and 9 weeks for Kinder classes.

Assessment

Students are continuously assessed by their teachers throughout the unit of inquiry but also receive a formalised end of unit assessment to record their progress of subject specific knowledge, understanding the central idea and learner goals. Assessments particularly focus on mathematics and literacy development.

To help measure progress, children will take MAP assessment tests 3 times a year, to monitor their growth and ensure any “needs” are highlighted in Mathematics or English. For more information on MAP assessments please speak to the school or visit the NWEA website.

The Diploma Programme (DP)

What is the Diploma Programme?

The DP is designed for students aged 16-18.

It is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations.

It is aimed at preparing students for success at university and life beyond.

The programme has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities.

It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students.

The six subject groups

  • Studies in language and literature
  • Language acquisition
  • Individuals and societies
  • Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts

IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in in subjects from areas like: Studies of Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Sciences, Mathematics and Arts. Depending on students' career interests, they may choose either an Arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 4.

To be awarded an IB Diploma, a candidate must successfully complete 6 courses, exams and internal assessments, as well as three core requirements:

The Diploma Programme core is:

  • The extended essay: This asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the DP subjects they are studying.  The world studies extended essay option allows students to focus on a topic of global significance which they examine through the lens of at least two DP subjects.
  • Theory of knowledge: This develops a coherent approach to learning that unifies the academic disciplines. In this course on critical thinking, students inquire into the nature of knowing and deepen their understanding of knowledge as a human construction.
  • Creativity, action, service (CAS): This involves students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies throughout the Diploma Programme. Creativity encourages students to engage in the arts and creative thinking. Action seeks to develop a healthy lifestyle through physical activity. Service with the community offers a vehicle for a new learning with academic value. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enable journeys of self-discovery.

Examinations

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either internally or externally marked by qualified and trained IB educators.

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