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IB Diploma Programme in Lisbon, Portugal

As an IB World School, PaRK IS offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Grades 11 and 12, a two-year programme that prepares students between 16 and 19 for success going into, and throughout, university. The IB Diploma is widely accepted as the best globally available curriculum for students in their last two years of secondary education and is recognised by universities all over the world. It offers a holistic approach to learning with a keen focus on developing an international mindset and intercultural awareness so that students can excel on a global scale.

IBDP students learn to explore and understand the world around them through inquiry, critical thinking and open-mindedness. By selecting six optional subjects in addition to the IB programme's three core subjects, they benefit from a robust, customised curriculum tailored to their individual interests and future goals.

Benefits of Studying the IB Diploma

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme offers reliable, world-renowned academic preparation, fostering international-mindedness, an entrepreneurial mindset, and an understanding of intercultural differences. It opens doors to the best higher education institutions worldwide and improves individual career prospects. Universities regularly cite IBDP students as the best prepared for higher education since IBDP graduates excel at university and often begin their studies with advanced standing.

With a student-centred approach, the IB Diploma Programme focuses on developing learners intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially, instead of preparing them for test-taking only. 

The IB programme offers an excellent balance between academic depth and breadth: students have to study two languages, mathematics, a natural science and a social science in addition to the core elements of the programme - CAS, Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. This ensures the development of the widest possible range of skills and attributes, including excellent literacy, numeracy and analytical abilities, communication, creativity, independent thinking, effective management of heavy workloads, collaboration, and leadership skills.

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Why Choose PaRK International School Alfragide to study the IB Diploma?

Parents who want the best possible education for their children in Lisbon choose the IBDP at PaRK IS because it offers a challenging academic curriculum with a wide range of subjects and a focus on multi-skill development that will serve as a solid foundation for academic excellence in university. 

Our IB students are fully supported in the years before starting the programme by our expert tutors and university counsellors to ensure they make the best IB subject choices for their academic profile and university and career aspirations. Our highly qualified teachers provide engaging lessons and offer constant guidance to ensure each student's successful performance and learning progression in the different components of the programme. As a result of this outstanding preparation with personalised support, PaRK IS students achieve exceptional results in IB Diploma examinations, with our last cohort attaining an impressive average score of 33, three points above the IB world average results. 

Finally, IB Diploma students in Alfragide have access to exceptional, purpose-built facilities for science, technology, languages, sports, and visual and performing arts, enhancing their learning experience and outcomes. They also benefit from an exclusive IB Lounge for individual and group study time.


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IB Diploma Curriculum Structure

The IBDP curriculum, as implemented in our school, equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in adulthood.

DP students complete courses from six subject groups, ensuring a depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding:

  • Studies in Language and Literature
  • Language Acquisition
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Individuals and Societies: Business & Management, Economics, Psychology, Geography, History
  • The Arts: Music, Drama, Visual Arts, Design & Technology

By engaging with a wide range of subjects, students experience a comprehensive education that encourages them to apply what they have learned. The study of an additional language is also required, as well as the completion of a compulsory core programme consisting of three components:

  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) challenges students to reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we know what we claim to know
  • The Extended Essay (EE) introduces students to the demands and rewards of independent work prior to entering university, requiring them to produce a self-directed piece of research in an area of personal interest
  • Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) is an experiential learning component where students engage with a wide variety of extracurricular activities, including community service and athletic options

IB Requirements & Assessment

Three subjects are chosen at a Higher Level (HL), the others at a Standard Level (SL). Students are able to make their choices flexibly; this means they can decide which subjects to study more deeply with a view to future university attendance. The Higher-Level subjects are studied more deeply and extensively than those at Standard Level. At both levels, various skills are developed, especially those of critical thought and analysis. At the end of the course, students’ achievements are evaluated by means of external examinations. Many subjects also involve tasks that are internally assessed by the teachers and externally moderated by the International Baccalaureate.

Assessment and examinations at the end of DP courses provide an IB certification which is recognised by worldwide standards, measuring student understanding and providing a passport to university.

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Choosing IB Diploma Subjects

At PaRK IS we insist that our students do one of their Group 1 or 2 subjects in English. To this end, we have a choice system that is based on blocks rather than strictly these groups. Our 6 choice blocks are:

1. Your English Choice
2. Your Second Language Choice - Portuguese or Spanish
3. Individuals and Societies
4. Sciences
5. Mathematics
6. The Arts and Technology (or an elective)

The options process is flexible and fully supported by our team, allowing students to specialise in certain areas, whilst maintaining breadth in their curriculum.

IBDP Activities

In addition to academic subjects, sports and the arts are key pillars in our IB Diploma approach. Our IB subject offer includes Visual Arts, Design & Technology and Theatre Studies. Physical Education is part of the curriculum at every age level. These activities are also available as co-curricular clubs or extracurricular options, from PaRK Team to PaRK Music Academy or the Drama Club.

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IB Diploma Teachers & Tutor Time

At PaRK IS' Senior School the pastoral team consists of the Deputy Head Pastoral, Heads of Year and tutors. Students have 15 minutes each morning with their tutor to register and organise themselves for the day ahead. In addition, all senior school pupils will have one hour per week for Year Group Time. This takes the form of year group assemblies, the social skills curriculum and extended time with their tutors.

Who Is Eligible for Bilingual Diplomas?

At PaRK IS, a bilingual diploma is awarded only to candidates who complete and receive a grade 3 or higher in two languages selected from the DP course studies in language and literature.

How Is an IB Diploma Useful?

The IBDP effectively prepares students to excel in the next stage of their education and the qualification is widely recognised and accepted by the world’s leading universities.

Unlike A Levels, where a student must focus only on three or four subjects in the last two years of high school, IBDP students choose subjects from six different subject groups in addition to the core components of CAS, Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. Therefore, the IB Diploma programme provides breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, developing truly well-rounded individuals with a wide range of skills, such as independent thinking, problem-solving, creativity, communication, and effective time management, all of which will be extremely useful at university and their future careers.

IB Diploma Assessment, Grades & Requirements for Completion

In the IBDP, students receive subject grades ranging from 7 to 1, with 7 being the highest. Students receive a grade for each DP course attempted at the end of the two-year programme. A student’s final Diploma result score is made up of the combined scores for each of the 6 subjects (42 points), plus 3 points taken from the Core Programme grades. Therefore, the final score is out of 45 points.

The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance including successful completion of the three essential elements of the DP core components. The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay (EE) components are awarded individual grades and, collectively, can contribute up to 3 additional points towards the overall Diploma score. Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) – the remaining element in the DP core – does not contribute to the points total but authenticated participation is a requirement for the award of the diploma.

The IBDP & Portuguese Secondary School Equivalence

PaRK IS Students who would like to pursue their studies in Portugal can apply to any university; however, the School must request the equivalencies from DGES. The IB Diploma is recognised and is equivalent to the Secondary Portuguese Educational System. PaRK IS Students do not apply as foreign students, but as students who have completed their secondary education in a Foreign System (Sistema Estrangeiro). There is an equivalence between IB Exams and Portuguese Exams. All Portuguese Universities accept IB students as long as the right subjects have been completed for entry to the course of interest. To get into Portuguese Universities, students apply with their IB Average Equivalence (50%, depending on the course) and the IB Exam equivalent to the Portuguese System (50%, depending on the course).

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