5 benefits of the IB Diploma Program
By Tania Báez, Development Officer
San Juan, Puerto Rico – Robinson School has been on the cutting edge of education in Puerto Rico for over 117 years. The school remains the only International Baccalaureate World School in San Juan, having received the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) authorization last year. International Baccalaureate® (IB) programs aim to do more than other curricula by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.
The Diploma Program at Robinson School is a comprehensive two-year pre-university program that forms a coherent sequence with the IB Primary and Middle Years Programs by promoting the education of the whole person through an emphasis on intellectual, personal and emotional growth. At Robinson School, juniors and seniors can join the Diploma Program or continue with an individual college preparatory or Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum. Robinson School guides students to make selections that align with their goals for the future.
Beyond academic rigor, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program helps students develop essential skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Research has been conducted around the globe to prove the effectiveness of the Diploma Program. We uncover a snapshot of the research that demonstrates the benefits of the IB Diploma:
1. Develops the whole person
Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) is a cornerstone component of the IB Diploma that elevates personal and interpersonal growth through direct experience. Students can develop initiatives such as creating resource materials for a community or participating in international outreach projects. CAS provides a renewed perspective on the world, promotes global citizenship and enables opportunities for self-determination and collaboration. Students are encouraged to develop a sense of accomplishment, self-worth and to perceive themselves as vital contributors to society.
positively impact university admission
A study conducted by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), showed that graduates of the IB Diploma had a better chance of enrolling in higher education institutions than other students with similar qualifications. Research by the Chicago Postsecondary Transition Project on post-secondary outcomes and experiences of graduates shows that not only were IB Diploma graduates more likely to enroll in a university, but were also more likely to perform better academically. The academic programs at Robinson prepare students to take on challenging curriculums in their chosen program of study.
3. Develops a sense of global affiliation
Nearly 150 countries around the world offer the IB Diploma Program, and colleges and universities from almost 90 countries accept the IB Diploma exam results annually. Graduates from the IB Diploma have surpassed global standards of academic achievement, giving them the confidence to pursue higher learning.
Advanced research skills
The Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge studies are components of the IB Diploma that require the development of advanced independent research and organizational skills. The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. The Theory of Knowledge course requires over 100 hours of exploring and sharing students’ views on knowledge questions and academic recognition. These skills are crucial for students who want to pursue higher learning and excel in their careers.
critical thinking and time management skills
According to the study by the Chicago Postsecondary Transition Project mentioned earlier, IB Diploma students have stronger academic skills than their non-IB Diploma counterparts, especially in analytical writing. The research found that IB Diploma students demonstrated the ability to look beyond details, analyze sources and test the consensus. Additionally, these same students learned to develop good study habits by setting aside time for assignments and revisions, avoiding distractions.
There are many benefits of the IB Diploma at Robinson School. While some of the advantages are not yet quantifiable or proven through research, there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence listing student achievements attributable to their IB Diploma studies. The pursuit for knowledge and truth, as well as the refinement of an individual’s character will undoubtedly become more pronounced as graduates grow to become responsible and productive citizens. To learn more about the Robinson difference and learn how the IB Diploma can help your child achieve academic excellence through a personalized curriculum, please contact our Academic Dean, Mr. Thomas Novak at 787-999-4611.