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 Diploma to all qualifying graduates. KSI Panama is accredited by AdvancED/SACS.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
KSI Panama is an IB World School and is committed to offering the IB programmes as its core educational curriculum.
The IB offers three programmes, which provide a continuous international educational experience from early childhood to university age. The IB Learner Profile is at the heart of this common curriculum framework and encourages students to embody international-mindedness.
There are 3 IB Programmes:
The Primary Years Programmme (PYP) For learners age 3 – 12 years old
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) For learners age 11 – 16 years old
The Diploma Programme (DP) For learners age 16 – 18 years old
KSI Panama is authorized in the IB Diploma Programme and Primary Years Programme.
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 the immersive language programme, Rosetta Stone.
The Primary Years Programme is designed for students aged 3 to 12 and 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 transdisciplinary themes of global significance. Themes are explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas. The six subject areas within the PYP are Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Personal, Social and Physical Education.
The school year is divided into six units that follow the transdisciplinary themes of the PYP. All six subject areas are integrated into each Unit of Inquiry.
The six transdisciplinary themes of the PYP are:
Who we are
Where are we in place and time
How we express ourselves
How the world works
How we organize 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 specific subject areas. Each theme or Unit of Inquiry lasts approximately 6 weeks for Years 1 through 6, and 9 weeks for Kinder classes.
Students are continuously assessed by their teachers throughout the unit of inquiry but also receive a formalized end of unit assessment as a record of their progress, subject specific knowledge, understanding the central idea and achievement of learner goals. Assessments have a particular focus on mathematics and literacy development.
To help measure progress, children take the Measure of Academic Progress test twice a year to monitor their growth from the beginning to the end of the year. Teachers engage in data discussions to set academic goals for the school, the grade level, as well as the individual student level.
Knightsbridge Schools International Panama received its IB Diploma Programme (DP) authorization in April 2015. The DP is offered to students aged 16 to 19 during the last two years of secondary school. It is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that are sent to the International Baccalaureate Organization for external marking at the end of the second year. The programme is aimed at preparing students for success at university and life beyond, and 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.
IB Diploma Programme students must choose one subject from each of five groups (1 to 5), ensuring breadth of knowledge and understanding in their best language, additional language(s), social sciences, experimental sciences and mathematics. Students may choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5.
To be awarded an IB Diploma, a candidate must fulfil three core requirements, in addition to passing his or her subject examinations at the end of the second year.
1. The Extended Essay: This asks students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of their selected DP subjects. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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 an additional avenue for learning. The three strands of CAS enhance students’ personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning and enables journeys of self-discovery.
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 initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators, or sent directly to external examiners.