A message from our Academic Dean
Robinson School – Comprehensive College Preparatory Options
Robinson’s recent authorization of the Diploma Programme marks our celebration as an International Baccalaureate continuum school, as well as positions our Upper School firmly as the learning institution offering the most comprehensive academic programming options that meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.
Building on the foundational skills and knowledge developed during the elementary and middle school years, Robinson Upper School students entering 11th grade will now have even greater access to the academic choices that best meet their individual needs and goals for the future. During the 10th grade year, students receive individual counseling as to their desired program of study from the academic team before deciding on their course for their final two years of study at Robinson. These options include Diploma Programme courses, Advanced Placement courses, College Preparatory courses and Pathways Program courses. Depending on the individual student, the academic program selected may find the student participating exclusively in one of these options, or have their program arranged by selecting components from several of the different Robinson offerings.
Diploma Programme – Full Diploma
The Diploma Program is a comprehensive, rigorous two-year curriculum leading to a set of external examinations taken by students in May of their final year at Robinson School. Students pursuing the IB Diploma study six subject areas, including Experimental Sciences, Individuals and Societies, English Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature or Language Acquisition, Mathematics and Visual Arts. Students must take three higher-level subjects (English, Spanish and History) and three standard level subjects, as well as complete CAS (Community, Activity, Service), TOK (Theory of Knowledge), and the EE (Extended Essay). Successful completion of all Diploma examinations, along with all other program requirements, that meet minimum criteria as set by IB will achieve the IB Diploma, in addition to the Robinson School High School Diploma.
Diploma Programme – Diploma Certificate
If a student chooses, or is recommended, not to embark on the Full Diploma Program, they may opt for the Diploma Certificate Program. Students often demonstrate strength and interest, or excel, in specific subject areas. In addition, the Full IB Diploma Program may be limiting to some students. Students may opt to take individual Diploma Courses to qualify to take individual subject area examinations. Success on individual subject area examinations that meet the minimum achievement criteria as established by IB will achieve Certificates in individual subject areas, in addition to the Robinson High School Diploma. Remaining coursework will be completed as part of the College Prep or Pathways Program, as determined by the individual needs of each student. Theory of Knowledge is required for all students in the Diploma Certificate Program. Students may select to complete the CAS course or select to complete 50 hours of community service during their 11th and 12th grade years.
College Preparatory Program
The College Prep Program is an academically challenging program aligned with Puerto Rico Department of Education and United States National Standards aimed at preparing students for successful entrance into college. College Prep students may select to complete the CAS course or select to complete 50 total service hours during their 11th and 12th grade years. College Prep courses focus on student-centered learning and the continued development of 21st century and STEAM skills in preparation for college or university study.
The Pathways Program mirrors the college preparatory program at Robinson School, and is an academically challenging program aligned with Puerto Rico Department of Education and United States National Standards aimed at preparing students for successful entrance to college.
Pathways Program courses follow the Landmark teaching model and educational interventions and provide students with language-based disabilities effective remedial intervention in reading comprehension and writing skills. Course content is adapted and serves as the framework to develop effective remedial intervention in reading comprehension and writing skills. Pathways students may take a combination of Pathways and College Preparatory courses. Students may select to complete the CAS course or select to complete 50 hours of community service during their 11th and 12th grade years.
Advanced Placement Program
In addition to Diploma Programme courses, Robinson students have the option to supplement their advanced areas of study with course offerings from our AP Program. The AP course offerings for the 2018-2019 school year include: AP US History, AP World History, AP English and Spanish Language, AP English and Spanish Literature, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, and AP Studio Art – Drawing.
Beginning with our youngest grade levels, the goals for each of our students are that they continue to grow throughout their years at Robinson and achieve their highest-level outcomes. We excitedly look forward to the future for Robinson students, as they progress through an academic program that offers them sound foundational skills, core content area knowledge, a robust program of extracurricular learning opportunities, and, ultimately, an individualized learning program based on their needs and goals as they prepare for entrance into college or university study.