Grades 11-12: The International Baccalaureate Program
The European School is accredited by The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), a non-profit organization based in Switzerland that has developed an academically challenging and balanced program of education stressing cultural awareness, physical well-being and moral responsibility. Its strong emphasis on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship encourage IB students to become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs.
The European School, one of the twenty-five IB schools in Costa Rica, has been offering the program for the last eighteen years.
In addition to being individually guided and evaluated by their local instructors, IB students are also submitted to a series of written and oral examinations by a panel of special IB examiners selected from over 90 countries. Students achieving IB diplomas are accepted at hundreds of universities throughout the world including some of the world’s most prestigious, often on a preferential basis and with advanced standing.
Under the program, eleventh and twelfth-grade students at The European School complete studies in at least two languages, social studies (geography and history), experimental sciences (biology, chemistry and environment systems), mathematics and visual arts/French. To earn the diploma, they must complete a 4000-word essay, and two-year courses on the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) component.